DHAKA, June 15 Bangladesh's Anti-Corruption
Commission (ACC) on Sunday filed a case with local police
accusing 17 people of breaching regulations over the
construction of a building that collapsed last year, killing
over 1,130 mostly garment workers.
The April 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza, built on swampy
ground outside Dhaka, ranks amongst the world's worst industrial
accidents and sparked a global outcry for improved safety
standards in the world's second-largest exporter of ready-made
The accused include the parents of Mohammad Sohel Rana - the
individual previously cited as the owner of Rana Plaza - as well
as a local mayor, engineers and three owners of garment
factories that used the building.
They do not include Rana himself, who was arrested after a
four-day hunt shortly after the building collapsed, apparently
trying to flee across the border to India.
ACC spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattachajee said Rana's name did
not appear in documents covering ownership of the land and
design approval, which instead listed his parents as owners.
Of the 17 accused, Bhattachajee said: "Our investigation
found, they grossly breached the building code."
Municipal authorities gave permission for extra floors in
the building, but they had no such authority, he added.
The ACC will now appoint an official to conduct a further
investigation that may result in a charge sheet being filed to a
Low labour costs and, critics say, shortcuts on safety, make
Bangladesh the cheapest place to make large quantities of
Companies are split over how to improve conditions. Big
European firms signed an accord that would make them legally
responsible for safety. U.S. groups such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc
have broken ties with non-compliant factories.
Late last year, the government raised the minimum wage for
garment workers by 77 percent to 5,300 taka ($68) and amended
its labour law to boost worker rights, including the freedom to
form trade unions.
(Reporting by Ruma Paul; Editing by Mark Potter)