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GP bound to pay outstanding Tk 126b: BTRC

FE Report | Published: April 25, 2019 10:34:08 | Updated: April 25, 2019 12:37:46

GP bound to pay outstanding Tk 126b: BTRC

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) said the country's leading mobile phone operator Grameenphone has no alternative to paying Tk 125.79 billion (12,579 crore) dues unearthed through an audit, reports BSS.

Talking to the news agency, BTRC Chairman Md. Jahurul Haque Wednesday said the Grameenphone is legally bound to make the payment of the outstanding amount unearthed by conducting an audit.

"The audit has been conducted complying all legal and other aspects fully," he asserted, as the operator has raised questions terming the audit "unfounded and without any legal basis".

In replying to a query, Haque said the commission had finalised the audit procedures in consultation with Grameenphone. "So, it (Grameenphone) is legally bound to pay the money."

Officials said the telecom regulator is mulling to force the operator to pay the outstanding amount following legal procedures such as stopping issuance of NOC, putting cap on customer base and temporary ban of license.

They said the regulator in the first week of the current month (April) sent a notice to Grameenphone asking to pay Tk 125.79 billion as dues and the operator was given two weeks to pay the unpaid amount.

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