The Appellate Division (AD) of Bangladesh Supreme Court ordered Grameenphone to pay Tk 2,000 crore of the Tk 12,579.95 crore dues on Sunday as claimed by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) within three months.
The seven-member AD bench, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the telecom regulator against a High Court order.
The Supreme court (SC) also said that it will stay the High Court order that issued injunction on BTRC’s move to realize Tk 12,579.95 crore due if GP does not give Tk 2000 crore in three months.
On October 24, the apex court wanted to know from GP how much the operator can pay of the amount claimed by BTRC and asked it to come up with the reply within a week.
On November 14, the mobile phone company told the court that it could pay Tk 200 crore of the Tk 12,579.95 crore dues. Earlier 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.
However, a lawyer for the BTRC told the SC that Grameenphone should clear 50 percent of the Tk 12,579.95 crore due now.
The BTRC claims dues of Tk 12,579.95 crore in 27 sectors from GP. BTRC sent a notice to GP threatening to revoke its licence on April 2.
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.