GP agrees to pay Tk 1000cr to BTRC

Dhaka, Thursday   02 April 2020


GP agrees to pay Tk 1000cr to BTRC

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:19 PM, 21 February 2020   Updated: 11:12 PM, 21 February 2020

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Grameenphone has finally decided to deposit Tk 1,000 crore to the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on February 23 as the Supreme Court ordered.

Grameenphone made the announcement on Friday, a day after the Appellate Divission ordered it to pay the money by February 24.

Earlier, Zahurul Haque, the BTRC chairman said after the court verdict, "I don't think there is any other way for Grameenphone but to pay money." Because of that, I think they will pay the money this time. If they do not give them money, they will start organizing the appointment admin to Grameenphone after Monday, according to the law.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission spokesman and senior assistant director (media) Zakir Hossain Khan said the BTRC thanked Grameenphone for the initiative. We want to work together to develop the country's telecom sector.

Earlier on Thursday, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court ordered private mobile operator Grameenphone to pay Tk 1,000 crore to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) by Monday.

The seven-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain handed down the order while hearing a review petition filed by GP.

Earlier on November 24, the Appellate Division asked GP to pay Tk 2,000 crore of the Tk 12,579.95 crore dues claimed by BTRC within three months. The deadline will expire on February 24. 

Later on January 26, GP filed a review petition with the Appellate Division against the SC order asking permission to pay Tk 575 crore to BTRC as an adjustable amount.

BTRC claimed the dues in 27 sectors from the mobile operator but failed to recover the money. Later, BTRC sent a notice to GP threatening to revoke its license on April 2 last year.

But GP moved the court seeking a temporary injunction on the notice which was turned down on August 28 that year. The mobile operator later filed an appeal with the High Court.

On October 17, the High Court imposed a two-month injunction on the realisation of dues from GP. BTRC later moved the Appellate Division against the order.