The Appellate Division’s full bench will hear on Thursday the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission’s appeal challenging the High Court’s injunction for two months on realisation of Tk 12,579.95 crore in audit claim from mobile operator Grameenphone by the telecom regulator.
Chamber judge Justice Md Nuruzzaman set the date on Monday after holding a brief hearing on the appeal.
Fazle Noor Taposh and Mehedi Hassan Chowdhury appeared for Grameenphone and attorney general Mahbubey Alam and Khandakar Reza-E-Rakib represented the BTRC.
On Sunday, the BTRC filed the appeal against the HC injunction and also prayed to the Appellate Division for staying the injunction.
A bench of Justice AKM Abdul Hakim and Justice Fatema Najib on October 17 issued the two-month injunction following a petition filed by GP challenging the order issued by the first joint district judge’s court on August 28.
The first joint district judge’s court in its order had refused to grant the injunction on the realisation of the money.
Earlier on April 2, the BTRC served a demand notice on GP after an audit firm, a joint venture of Toha Khan Zaman and Co Chartered Accountants, calculated that GP had not paid Tk 12,579.95 crore to the BTRC and the National Board of Revenue since 1997.
The HC bench had also accepted GP’s appeal for holding a hearing on November 5.
On October 17, the telecom ministry approved a BTRC proposal to appoint administrators to GP and another mobile company, Robi, over the non-payment of audit claims.
The BTRC had earlier directed Robi to pay Tk 867.24 crore in audit claim.
The BTRC on September 5 this year issued the show-cause notices to GP and Robi asking them why their licences would not be cancelled for non-payment of the audit claims.
A few days before issuance of the show-cause notices, both the companies filed lawsuits with the district court challenging the legality of the regulator’s moves to recover Tk 13,446 crore in audit claims.