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Thursday, February 11, 2016, Magh 29, 1422 BS, Rabius Sani 30, 1437 Hijri

Rana Plaza Collapse
DIFE inspectors given bail on surrender
RAJUK inspector still in jail for same offence
Published :Thursday, 11 February, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 142

Court Correspondent
Though a RAJUK Inspector was denied bail by the same court on Monday, two days later two factory inspectors of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) were bailed out in a case of killing 1,136 people in Rana Plaza collapse in April 2013.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahajadi Tahmina passed the order after the grisly murder case accused, government officials, Shahidul Islam and Yusuf Ali, surrendered before it to seek bail.
After hearing the bail order, former vice president of Dhaka Bar and also a veteran criminal lawyer Advocate Mizan Mollah expressed his astonishment by saying how can a Judicial Magistrate grant such a bail, the magistrate has no such power. Mentioning a section of the Code of Criminal Procedure he told the daily Observer, "After submitting of the charge sheet the power of granting bail lies with either, the high court or sessions court, the magistrate court cannot grant it."
 Even people within the court circle including lawyers expressed their astonishment and one of them said, "How can they get bail in the country's worst ever disaster in a century that took the lives of over 1,136 people."
Earlier on February 8, the same court sent a RAJUK building inspector to jail after his surrender in the same case. This is the first time that any accused got bail from the lower court in the case.
On December 21 in 2015, a Dhaka court accepted the charge sheet in the murder case that implicated Rana Plaza owner and 40 others in the case.
At least 1,136 people died when the multistoried Rana Plaza, housing mostly garment factories, crumbled to the ground at Ashulia in Savar making it the worst industrial disaster in a century.
Most of the dead were garment workers who worked hard day and night stitching clothes for global brands and earned valuable foreign currency for the country.

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