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GP, Banglalink, Robi pay Google, Facebook Tk 87b in 5yrs

BTRC submits report to HC
Staff Reporter, Dhaka

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has submitted a report before a High Court bench, stating that three mobile operators, Grameen Phone, Banglalink and Robi, had given over Tk. 87.44 billion to Google and Facebook in the last five years. Advocate AKM Alamgir Parvez Bhuiyan, counsel for the BTRC, submitted the report before the HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Md Ashraful Kamal yesterday (Thursday).

Barrister Mohammad Humayun Kabir Pallab appeared for the petitioner, while Deputy Attorney General Tushar Kanti Roy represented the state. Md Nahidul Islam, Deputy Director the of system and service department of the BTRC prepared the report, according to Commission sources.

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) submitted another report on the same issue, but the HC expressed dissatisfaction over it for not giving details of collecting revenue from the internet-

based agencies.  The HC bench directed the NBR to resubmit the report by October 19, and asked it to elaborate the steps taken to collect revenue from the internet-based agencies.

The court also directed the NBR to acknowledge the kind of steps that were taken to collect revenue from the internet-based company.

On April 18, 2018, the High Court had ordered an investigation of all net-based agencies, including Facebook, for possible tax evasion.

At the same time, orders were given to collect revenue for adverts on net platforms, sale of domains and licence fees.

The court also issued a ruling, asking why an order should not be given to collect revenue from the internet-based companies.

The court directed the finance ministry secretary, governor of Bangladesh Bank, chairman of the NBR, secretary of the law ministry, secretary of the information and technology ministry, chairman of the BTRC and the postal and telecommunications ministry to form the experts investigation committee.

At the same time the defendants were asked to respond to the ruling within four weeks.

On April 9, 2018 a writ was filed against tax evasion by Facebook and all internet-based institutions.

It sought to bring all net-based institutes under tax, forming of a policy to run the institutes and determining how much money these platforms are taking for their services.

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