Dhaka – A court in Dhaka has summoned Former Bangladeshi foreign minister M Morshed Khan, also the founder of the country’s first private mobile phone operator, over non-payment of salary of his company staff members , officials said on Monday.
Five employees of CityCell, the mobile operator, filed five cases with the labour court against Khan and seven other top company officials including Mehbub Chowdhury, CEO of Pacific Bangladesh Telecom(Citycell), Nasrin Khan, Director and wife of Morshed Khan, and Director Asgar Karim.
The other accused are: Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Provident Trustee Fund Tariqul Hasan, CTO & Member of the Provident Trustee Fund Mahfuzur Rahman and Nishat Ali and AB Sarkar, both members of the Trustee Fund.
The First Labour Court of Begum Tabassum Islam asked the accused to personally appear before it on Thursday to respond to the accusation that they were not paying wages worth about 1.5 billion taka to the employees.
CityCell employees Tipu Sultan, Kazi Ruhul Kuddus, Hasan Mahmud, Mosaddek Milon and AKM Ehsanul Azad filed the cases.
Lawyer Tanzim Al Islam, who defends the plaintiffs, said the company stopped paying the employee in 2016 without any reason.
After two or three months they (employees) told the authorities to pay them their due salaries. The Company assured of payment by December last year, he added. But there was no response.
Then, they together sent a letter to the company asking the authorities to disburse their salaries in March. Refused, they sent a legal notice against the company on 3 May, 2017.