Leading mobile phone operator Grameenphone (GP) on Thursday informed the apex court that it is ready to pay Tk 200 crore to Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) as per the proposal it got in a recent meeting with the finance minister and the posts and telecommunications minister.
Grameenphone counsel Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh said this at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court while taking part in the hearing on a BTRC plea to stay October 17 High Court order that issued an injunction for two months on realizing around Tk 12,580 crore due from GP.
After hearing the case, the Appellate Division full bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain set November 18 to pass the order in this regard.
Advocate AM Aminuddin and Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh took part in the hearing for GP, while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Barrister Khandaker Reza-E-Raquib moved the case for the state.
A High Court division bench comprising Justice AKM Abdul Hakim and Justice Fatema Najib had passed the interim order on October 17, allowing an appeal filed by the mobile phone operator against a lower court order.
BTRC on April 2 demanded around Tk 12,580 crore from GP as due in different items. The telecom operator later filed a case with the lower court, seeking a temporary injunction on realizing the money. But the court on August 28 scrapped the plea of GP, making it file an appeal with the High Court.