BTRC dues: GP says it can pay highest Tk 200 crore

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Tech Desk:

Mobile phone operator Grameenphone on Thursday told the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court that it can pay Tk 200 crore of the Tk 12,579.95 crore dues as claimed by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) if its conditions are met.

However, the telecom regulator’s lawyer informed the court that the BTRC will sit in discussion with the mobile phone company if it first provides 50 percent of the dues.

Later, the Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, fixed Monday for delivering its order.

“We can pay highest Tk 200 crore to BTRC if the conditions what we placed during a meeting with finance and posts and telecommunications ministers on October 3 are fulfilled,” GP’s counsel Barrister Fazle Noor Taposh told the court.

In response, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, who represented the BTRC in the court, said discussion can be held if Grameenphone now pays 50 percent of the total dues.

He also sought vacation of the injunction on realisation of the Tk 12,579.95 crore from the mobile operator.

On October 24, the apex court wanted to know from GP how much of the amount claimed by BTRC it can repay and asked it to come up with the reply within a week.

On October 17, the High Court imposed a two-month injunction on realisation of Tk 12,579.95 crore dues from the mobile phone company.

Later, the BTRC moved the Appellate Division against the HC order.

The BTRC claims dues of Tk 12,579.95 crore in 27 sectors from GP. Having failed to recover the money, BTRC on April 2 sent a notice to GP threatening to revoke its licence.

Later, GP moved a lower court seeking a temporary injunction on the BTRC’s notice which was turned down on August 28. Later, it filed an appeal with the High Court. unb

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