GP ordered to pay Tk1000 cr by Monday

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GP ordered to pay Tk1000 cr by Monday

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 02:26 PM, 20 February 2020  

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The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday 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. 

The court also decided to pass further order on the matter on Monday. 

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Barrister Khandaker Reza-e-Raquib represented the BRTC while Lawyer AM Amin Uddin and Barrister Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury stood for Grameenphone in the court. 

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 licence 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 realisation of dues from GP. BTRC later moved the Appellate Division against the order.