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SC orders GP to pay another Tk1,000cr within 3 months

  • Published at 10:58 pm February 24th, 2020
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Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Barrister Khandaker Reza-e-Rakib stood for BTRC while Advocate AM Amin Uddin and Barrister Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury stood for GP during the hearing

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday ordered Grameenphone (GP) to pay another Tk1,000 crore in dues to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) within the next three months.

A six-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order on the same day.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Barrister Khandaker Reza-e-Rakib stood for BTRC while Advocate AM Amin Uddin and Barrister Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury stood for GP during the hearing.

Following a recent Supreme Court order, GP on Sunday deposited Tk1,000 crore as partial payment of the total audit claim of Tk12,579.95 crore by the BTRC. 

During the hearing, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain sought to know when the mobile operator would deposit the rest Tk1,000 crore.

He, however, added: "We will issue an order so that GP faces no trouble in doing business.”

"We want to see that foreign companies do business in this country, complying with its laws and regulations," the chief justice observed.

The court granted GP three months' time to pay the rest of the money and in default, saying the High Court injunction on BTRC in realizing the dues from the mobile carrier would be vacated.

After running an audit on GP, the BTRC in 2016 had claimed Tk12,579.95 crore from the mobile phone operator in taxes and late fees accumulated over years.

On November 24, 2019, the Appellate Division ordered GP to pay Tk2,000 crore of the total dues within three months. The deadline expires on Monday. 

On October 17, 2019, the High Court imposed a two-month injunction on realization of dues from GP. BTRC later moved the Appellate Division against the order.  

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