Citycell on Monday filed a petition in the Appellate Division seeking a directive on Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to withdraw its order suspending the operation of the country’s first mobile phone company from October 20 night.
Vacation judge, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique set the petition for hearing today.
Citycell’s lawyers Shafique Ahmed, Arshad Rauf and Md Mustafizur Rahman Khan moved the petition in the chamber of the vacation judge.
BTRC lawyers led by attorney general Mahbubey Alam was present.
In a fresh development, BTRC on Monday in a letter sought permission from the posts and telecommunication ministry to cancel Citycell’s mobile phone operating licence.
On August 17, the BTRC in a notice asked Citycell to explain in 30 days why its operating licence would not be cancelled for its failure to pay arrear dues worth Tk 477. 51cr.
In the petition Citycell submitted in the apex court that the BTRC illegally shut down its operation on October 20, two days after it paid Tk 130. 19 crore, two-thirds of the total arrear dues of Tk 2 16. 56 crore, in compliance with a directive issued by the Appellate Division on August 29.
The apex court directive requires Citycell to pay the remaining one-third of the outstanding dues within a month from the date of payment of the first installment, submitted the petitioner.
Officials said that the accounts of the BTRC and the Citycell differed with regard to the arrear outstanding dues.
The Citycell also submitted that the BTRC did not allocate it 10.18 MHz bandwidth spectrum flouting an agreement the two sides signed on August 7, 2012.
Citycell submitted that it was given 8.55 MHz spectrum—6.3 MHz for national- wide use—2.52 MHz for Dhaka Central zone’s use.
Due to this reason, it submitted Citycell neither got the needed investments nor fully clear the outstanding dues.
Post and telecom state minister Tarana Halim told New Age Monday that Citycell’s licence would be cancelled.
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