Former Bangladesh telecom company MD arrested

Former Bangladesh telecom company MD arrested

The High Court today sentenced SOM Kalim Ullah, a former managing director of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited, to four months’ simple imprisonment for not complying with its order that had asked the BTCL to refund Tk 60 lakh to a telephone company.

The HC bench of justice MR Hasan also fined him Tk 1 lakh (US$ 10 million), in default, to suffer one month more imprisonment.

Later, the HC sent Kalim Ullah, who appeared before the court today, to Supreme Court Registrar office for handing him over to the law enforcers.

The court also acquitted Shah Farid Uddin, director of the BTCL and Helal Ahmed, an official of IFIC bank, of the charges.

After appearing before the court today, the trio apologised before the HC for ignoring its order.

The court later found the managing director of the state-run telecom operator BTCL guilty of contempt of court and pronounced the verdict.

According to the prosecution, Oxymel Private Company had deposited 1.40 crore taka to the IFIC bank in favour of the BTCL. Later, the telephone company claimed its 80 lakh taka from BTCL but the telecom operator refused to release the money.

Following an application of Oxymel, the HC on July 23 last year directed the BTCL and IFIC bank to refund 60 lakh take to Oxymel. But BTCL on November 30 last year issued a letter to the bank that it has objection about releasing the money to Oxymel.

In response to a contempt of court petition, the HC on January 13 issued a rule against Kalim Ullah, Farid Uddin and Helal Ahmed.

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