Vol. 5 Num 630 Tue. March 07, 2006  

Bldg Collapse
Phoenix Centre MD seeks bail without Vokalatnama

Managing Director (MD) of the Phoenix Medical Centre, an accused in connection with its recent tragedy, did not surrender to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka yesterday even though he submitted a petition for bail.

Dr. Jahangir Alam, MD of the collapsed medical centre, through his lawyer Rashid Ahmed Ganguhee, submitted a surrender petition for bail without Vokalatnama to the court. But he was not present when the petition was placed before the court for hearing.

The petitioner also submitted another petition on Sunday but did not turn up.

As per law, if any person accused in any case surrenders to a court for bail, he or she has to submit a bail petition with Vokalatnama and mention his or her full address in the petition. But Dr Jahangir violated the law not submitting any Vokalatnama and mentioning his address.

Earlier on February 25, the Phoenix Medical Centre was collapsed and 21 people were killed while 50 injured.

Meantime, Deen Mohammad, owner of the Phoenix Building through his lawyer submitted a bail petition to the High Court on Sunday in his absence. But the court did not hear it.