BB asked to freeze building, factory owners’ accounts

This April 24 photo shows locals rush to the tragic sight in Savar where at least 371 people were killed as a building collapsed in a deadly heap

The High Court on Sunday directed the Bangladesh Bank authorities to freeze the bank accounts of the Savar building owner and proprietors of five garment factories housed in Rana Plaza.

The court also directed the authorities concerned to pay the salaries and other benefits of workers from their accounts of the six under the supervision of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

The HC also asked four high officials of the government including deputy inspector general of industrial police to appear before it by April 30 to explain their role in connection with the building collapse.

Three others officials are: director of industrial police in Savar zone, upazila nirbahi officer of Savar
and chief factory inspector.

The court also ordered the inspector general of police to submit a report before it within seven days on what legal steps the government has taken after the collapse of Spectrum building in 2005, phoenix building in 1997 and fire in Tazreen Fashions Ltd in 2013.

The HC bench of Justice Mirza Hossain Haider and Justice Md Khurshid Alam Sarker came up with the order following two separate writ petitions filed by two rights organisation Ain O Salish Kendra and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, and three individuals.

Source: The Daily Star