Stay of BTRC fine on GP extended by 3 months

Staff Correspondent | Published at 10:37pm on February 20, 2017

The High Court on Monday extended by three months an order it issued on February 9 staying fine of Tk 30 crore imposed on mobile phone operator Grameenphone by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.
The bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Salim also posted for February 26 the next hearing in the writ petition filed by Grameenphone challenging the fine.
It also asked the commission to submit to the Supreme Court registrar Grameenphone’s bank guarantee of Tk 30 crore submitted by the mobile operator as ordered by the bench on February 9.
The bank guarantee will remain in the court’s custody until the disposal of the writ petition and the winner will be entitled to encash it, said commission’s lawyer Sayed Mahsib Hossain.
Grameenphone filed the petition on February 7 after the commission rejected its plea for a revision of the commission’s decision to fine the telecom operator Tk 30 crore on charge of violating rules while providing broadband services.
Earlier in December 2016, after missing two deadlines given by the commission for the payment of the fine, Grameenphone requested for a revision of the commission’s decision.
The commission on November 6, 2016 asked Grameenphone to pay Tk 30 crore in fine in 10 days for ‘illegal broadband service’ provided under the brand name of GO Broadband.
Grameenphone, in a response to the commission, on November 16 denied that it breached any rules while providing broadband services and the decision for fining it should be cancelled.