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BTRC-Robi payment row: HC issues rule; to pass order Dec 1

  • Published at 01:05 pm November 26th, 2019

The court fixed December 1 to pass order in this regard

The High Court has issued a rule asking Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to explain why it should not be directed to refrain from realizing Tk867.23 crore from mobile company Robi.  

The bench of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice Khijir Hayat fixed December 1 for further order in this regard on Tuesday, reports UNB.

On July 31, BTRC issued a letter to Robi demanding payment of Tk867.23 crore. 

On August 25, Robi filed a case against the payment demand with a lower court and sought temporary injunction on the BTRC’s letter which was turned down. 

Robi then filed an appeal with the High Court on October 22 seeking temporary injunction on the BTRC’s letter seeking money. 

Robi owes Tk867.23 crore to the government, including Tk197.21 crore to the National Board of Revenue, according to the BTRC audit. 

On September 5, the telecom regulator issued show-causes notices to Robi and Grameenphone, seeking explanation as to why their 2G and 3G licences should not be revoked for failure to pay dues within 30 days.