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GP intends to pay Tk200cr to BTRC

  • Published at 11:08 pm November 14th, 2019
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Grameenphone logo, left, BTRC logo

During the hearing attorney general Mahbubey Alam, on behalf of the BTRC, sought a stay order from the SC on the two-month injunction the High court had issued on realizing the unpaid money of Tk12, 580 crore from GP

The mobile phone operator Grameenphone (GP) on Thursday expressed to pay Tk200 crore in dues to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (BTRC).

Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, representing GP, informed this to the appellate division bench of the Supreme Court, led by the Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain.

During the hearing attorney general Mahbubey Alam, on behalf of the BTRC, sought a stay order from the SC on the two-month injunction the High court had issued on realizing the unpaid money of Tk12, 580 crore from GP.

The High court order was issued on October 17. The SC on Thursday fixed November 18 for passing further order on the petition.

Advocates AM Aminuddin, Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury, Sharif Bhuiyan and Tanim Hussain Shawon also stood on behalf of the GP, while Barrister Khandaker Reza-E-Raquib appeared for BTRC.

During Thursday's hearing, Barrister Taposh told the court that  GP wanted to stick to its proposal to pay Tk200 crore, a decision that was taken at a meeting of the two operators (GP and Robi), BTRC, NBR, and finance and telecommunication minister, held on November 3. 

Five proposals were discussed in that meeting; two of these proposals are: the two concerned parties will formulate a committee and GP will pay Tk100 crore to BTRC within seven days and another Tk100 crore within 30 days before the commencement of activities of the committee, while Robi will also pay Tk25 crore within seven days and Tk25 crore within 30 days. 

Advocate AM Aminuddin said we informed the court about the proposal. 

On October 24, the appellate division wanted to know from GP about how much money they could pay of the dues amounting to Tk12, 580 crore during the appeal hearing, filed by BTRC against the HC stay order. 

Another HC bench, consisting of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice Ashish Ranjan Das, fixed November 19 for issuing an order regarding an appeal petition, filed by the mobile service provider Robi, seeking a stay on the BTRC’s move to realize Tk867.23 crore. 

Advocate Prabir Neogi and Barrister Kazi Ershadul Alam appeared for Robi during the hearing yesterday.