SC asked the BTRC to explain over Citycell spectrum
November 6th, 2016 at 5:14 pm
SC asked the BTRC to explain over Citycell spectrum

Dhaka – The Supreme Court has asked mobile phones regulator to explain why it has disobeyed the decision of the court over Citycell spectrum, officials said on Sunday.

A four-member panel of judges headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission asking why the resumption of the Bangladesh’s oldest telecom operator spectrum was not effective yet.

The company counsel Mustafizur Rahman said earlier on Thursday the SC asked the company to pay due Tk 1 billion (100 crore) to BTRC by November 19 as a pre condition for resumption of the spectrum.

In response to the reporters’ questions, State Minister for Post and Telecommunication Tarana Halim said that a decision will be taken as soon as the certified copy of the court’s order is available.

The court said the operator’s spectrum will be cancelled if it could not give the money within the stipulated time.

The bench also formed a three-member committee to settle the dispute between BTRC and the Citycell, which face closure on October 20 after it failed to settle arrears.

The BTRC carried out a drive at its head offices and closed down their activities immediately at that day.

Earlier on August 29, the Supreme Court asked Bangladesh’s first mobile phone company to pay its dues worth about Tk 477.51 crore to Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Council in installments within three months.

It also ordered that Citycell can run its operation on certain conditions.

The mobile operator has to pay two-third of its outstanding payment within one month while the remaining within the following two months.

The company must pay fees including license fee on regular basis from September 17 to the BTRC, according to the SC directions. If the company fails to obey the condition, the BTRC can take legal actions against it.

Earlier on 22 August, the High Court stayed until 16 September the government’s decision to shut the Citycell’s operations.

On August 23, Citycell filed a petition to SC seeking review of the HC order following the government’s move. The BTRC served a notice to Citycell asking it to explain why its license would not be scrapped for not paying the dues on 17 August.