GP pays Tk 10bn to BTRC

Special Correspondent

24 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Grameenphone, the largest telecom operator in the country, has deposited Tk10 billion to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Sunday. 

A four-member team, led by Grameenphone’s Head of Regulatory Affairs Hossain Sadat, submitted the pay order to BTRC Chairman Jahurul Haque at BTRC office in the capital.

The mobile operator decided to deposit the money to BTRC last Friday following the order of the Appellate Division of Supreme Court.

“It is our ambition to resolve the audit dispute, either through an amicable and transparent solution or before the courts. Grameenphone continues its dialogue with the authorities and looks forward to resuming normal business operations so that we are allowed to best serve our customers again,” Hossain Sadat.

In a statement issued on Friday the company authorities said that GP respects the legal system of Bangladesh.

On February 19, Grameenphone offered Tk10 billion to BTRC to continue dialogues over its disputed audit claim.

However, the telecom regulator rejected it saying the court has an order on the issue and the BTRC cannot take any decision bypassing the court.

In April last year, the BTRC demanded that GP pay an unpaid audit claim of Tk125.80 billion, which the company refused to pay questioning the BTRC’s audit process. 

The telecom operator moved to the lower court, seeking a temporary injunction on the BTRC’s claim. But it did not get it. Then, GP moved to the High Court with the same prayer.

In October, a High Court bench issued a two-month injunction against the BTRC move.

Later, the BTRC appealed to the Appellate Division, seeking a stay order on the injunction and won the legal battle.