Sunday 5 April 2020 ,
Sunday 5 April 2020 ,
Breaking News
  • One more dies; 18 new patients detected
  • One more dies; 18 new patients detected
1 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Print
Audit dispute with BTRC

SC gives GP 2 more weeks to respond

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday gave two more weeks to the country’s largest mobile phone operator, Grameenphone (GP), to inform it the amount the operator would be able to pay to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) out of its Tk. 12,579 crore dues. The apex court granted the time to GP after its lawyers sought more time during the hearing on a a petition filed by the BTRC seeking a stay on the High Court order that issued an injunction on its move to realise Tk 12,579 crore in dues from the telecom operator.

The full bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, fixed November 14 for further hearing on the BTRC petition. During yesterday’s proceedings, Grameenphone lawyer Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh informed the court that the mobile operator, during a meeting held with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, offered to pay Tk100 crore at the moment.

Then, the chief justice told the GP lawyers that it is not acceptable that GP would run business in the country but refuse to pay money due to the government.  

Advocate AM Aminuddin and Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, counsels for GP, then informed the court that their client Grameenphone has already given more than Tk 2,000 crore to the government. Grameenphone authority did not say that they would not give the money, the lawyers added.

Later, the apex court fixed November 14 for further hearing on the matter.

Earlier on October 24, the apex court wanted to know from the GP the amount it could pay the BTRC out of its Tk. 12,579 crore dues.

The apex court came up with the order while hearing a petition filed by the BTRC seeking a stay on a High Court (HC) order that had issued an injunction for two months on the BTRC demand to realise Tk. 12,579 crore from GP.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state, while barrister Khandaker Reza-e-Rakib stood for the BTRC.

Earlier, on October 17, the HC had issued an interim injunction order for two months on the letter issued by the BTRC asking GP to pay Tk. 12,579 crore in dues discovered in an audit conducted on GP’s book from 1997 to 2015.

The HC bench of Justice AKM Abdul Hakim and Justice Fatima Nazib had issued the injunction against the BTRC move. Later, the BTRC moved to the SC against the HC order.

Comments


Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting