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SC order on GP's dues deferred to November 25

  • Published at 03:19 pm November 18th, 2019
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A seven member bench will pass the order on the petition filed by BTRC

The Supreme Court has deferred its verdict for Grameenphone (GP) to November 25, in response to a petition filed by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

In the petition, BTRC sought a stay on the High Court order that issued an injunction on its decision to collect nearly Tk12,580 crore from GP.

A four member bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain said on Monday, a seven member full bench will pass the order on the issue on November 25.

Logo of Grameenphone

Advocate AM Aminuddin and Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh took part in the hearing for GP, while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Barrister Khandaker Reza-E-Raquib moved the case for the state.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice AKM Abdul Hakim and Justice Fatema Najib had passed the interim order on October 17, allowing an appeal filed by the mobile phone operator against a lower court order.

BTRC on April 2 demanded around Tk12,580 crore from GP as unpaid dues. The telecom operator later filed a case with the lower court, seeking a temporary injunction on realizing the money.

On August 28, the court scrapped GP’s plea, causing GP to file an appeal with the High Court.