SC stays HC order against 4G auction circular

Kalerkantho Online   

11 January, 2018 17:07 PM

SC stays HC order against 4G auction circular

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The Supreme Court has stayed till January 14 a High Court order that halted the auctioning of 4G spectrum for the telecommunication industry.

The Chamber Judge the Appellate Division, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order on Thursday afternoon, soon after the HC slapped the halt on a Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) circular.

The Chamber Judge also sent the matter to Appellate Division full bench for further hearing.

Earlier in the day, an HC bench comprised of  Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed issued the halt on the circular, responding to a writ plea filed by Bangla Lion Communications Ltd.

The writ stated that Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission's (BTRC) recently published circular which has breached the clauses 4.2 and 4.06(3) of broadband wireless guideline of 2008.

In response, the court also issued a rule seeking an explanation from the BTRC why the circular should not be declared illegal.

The telecom regulatory body was scheduled to issue 4G license on February 14 after holding of spectrum auction for three different bands on February 13.