HC contempt rule on BTCL MD for violating order

HC contempt rule on BTCL MD for violating order

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The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking three officials of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL), including its Managing Director, to explain in a week why they should not be charged with contempt of court for violating court order.
The HC in 2012 ordered BTCL authorities not to disconnect lines of Jamir Telecom until resolution of arbitration over rate and billing. But BTCL on March 20 disconnected the lines amid the arbitration.
In response to a contempt of court petition, the HC bench of Justice Md Asfaqul Islam and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal issued the contempt rule against trio officials of the BTCL.The three BTCL officials are: MD Mahfuzuddin Ahmed, General Manager AA Mohammad Moyasir and Director (Overseas) Md Ziadual Anam.
Md Nowfel Arshad Jamir, son of former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar and MD of London-based Jamir Telecom, filed the petition seeking its directive against the BTCL officials for disconnecting the Telecom line.
According to the company, BTCL had snapped its connections on March 17 in 2010 without any prior notice.
In response to a petition filed by Jamir Telecom against the BTCL move, the HC had on April 22 in 2010 asked the BTCL to restore the line.
It also issued a rule asking the BTCL authority to explain why its move to disconnect the Jamir Tlecom line without prior notice should not be declared illegal.
After disposing of the rule, the HC on March 11 in 2012 had directed the BTCL not to disconnect the line until the disposal of the petition pending before the Arbitration Tribunal.
After six months later of the HC order, the BTCL had restored the line. But, the Jamir Telecom filed a compensation petition with the Arbitration Tribunal for restoring the line in six months later of the HC order.
In an interim order, the Arbitration Tribunal on March 3 in 2012 directed the BTCL not to disconnect the Jamir Telecom line until the resolution of arbitration over rate and billing. But BTCL on March 20 disconnected the lines amid the arbitration.
Barrister Ajmalul Hossain appeared for the petitioner during the hearing. – Staff Reporter

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