The High Court (HC) on Monday issued a rule asking Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to explain why it should not be directed to refrain from realising Tk 867.23 crore from mobile company Robi, reports UNB.
Issuing the rule, the HC bench of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice Khijir Hayat fixed December 1 for further order in this regard.On July 31, BTRC issued a letter to Robi demanding payment of Tk 867.23 crore.
On August 25, Robi filed a case against the payment demand with a lower court and sought temporary injunction on the BTRC’s letter which was turned down.
Robi then filed an appeal with the High Court on October 22 seeking temporary injunction on the BTRC’s letter seeking money.
Robi owes Tk 867.23 crore to the government, including Tk 197.21 crore to the National Board of Revenue, according to the ‘disputed’ BTRC audit.
On September 5, the telecom regulator issued show-causes notices to Robi and Grameenphone seeking explanation as to why their 2G and 3G licences should not be revoked for failure to pay dues within 30 days.