The High Court yesterday issued two separate contempt of court rules against six high officials of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) on charges of ignoring its orders in two cases.
BTCL Managing Director Mahfuz Uddin Ahmad and DSCC Administrator Md Alamgir are among the six.
One rule was issued against three BTCL officials for disconnecting telephone operator Zamir Telecom's interconnection signalling link, and the other was issued against three DSCC officials for not regularising the job of 88 employees.
The rest of the six officials facing the charges are BTCL General Manager AA Mohammad Moasir and Director (overseas) Md Ziadul Anam, and DSCC Chief Executive Officer Md Ansar Ali Khan and Secretary Khan Md Rezaul Karim.
After hearing two contempt petitions, the HC asked the six to explain why action should not be taken against them for committing contempt by ignoring its orders.
The BTCL blocked ZT's interconnection signalling link on March 17, 2010 for not making its outstanding payment.
Following a writ petition, the HC on April 22 the same year directed the BTCL to reconnect ZT's link. On March 11, 2012, the court upheld its 2010 order but the company on March 20 this year again cut off ZT's signalling link for not paying dues. ZT has recently filed a contempt petition against the three BTCL officials on the charge of defying the HC order.
Separately, on July 23, 2009, the HC asked the DSCC officials to regularise the job of 88 employees, and the Supreme Court upheld the HC verdict on March 6, 2013.
As they were yet to become regular staff, the employees on May 4 filed a contempt petition against the three DSCC officials.