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Joy moves to resolve audit dispute with GP, Robi

  • Published at 10:04 pm October 21st, 2019
Prime Minister’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) adviser, Sajeeb Wazed Joy
File photo of Prime Minister's ICT Adviser Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy Dhaka Tribune

The government in a move last week decided to appoint administrator to GP and Robi to realize Tk13,445 crore audit claims from the two companies

Prime Minister’s Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has initiated a move to resolve the Tk13,445 audit claim dispute with the mobile operators Grameenphone and Robi.

As part of the move, he called a meeting at Ganabhaban on Monday, where senior government officials and representatives of GP and Robi were present. 

‘The meeting took place to resolve the matter. We will disclose the outcome officially later on,” Telecom Minister Mustafa Jabbar told Dhaka Tribune after the meeting.

He said before disclosing the outcome, some processes needed to be completed.

Mustafa Jabbar, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Chairman Jahirul Haque and National Board of Revenue Chairman Mosharraf Hoassain Bhuyan attended the meeting.

Among operators, GP Chief Executive Officer Michael Patrick Foley and Robi CEO Mahtab Uddin Ahmed attended the meeting.

The participants, however, declined to comment on the outcome of the meeting.

The government in a move last week decided to appoint administrator to GP and Robi to realize Tk13,445 crore audit claims from the two companies.

After an audit of the operators, BTRC in 2016 claimed Tk12,579.95 crore from Grameenphone, the largest in the country, and Tk867.23 crore from Robi, the second largest, in taxes and late fees accumulated over several years. 

Meanwhile, the High Court bench of Justice AKM Abdul Hakim and Justice Fatema Najib on Thursday last issued an ad-interim injunction for two months against the realization of the dues by BTRC.