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Alleged financial irregularities in PB should be probed by CAG

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 21:18

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said
the alleged financial irregularities in Prasar Bharati should
be inquired into either by the CAG or by the Central Vigilance
Commission and asked the Chairman of its Board to respond on
this issue on Friday.

A Bench of Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice Manmohan
expressed its view on the government`s contention that a
joint-secretary-level officer would be conducting an internal
audit of the public broadcaster.

The government also assured the court that it would
make all-out efforts to bring conciliation between the CEO and
the Chairman of the Prasar Bharati Board for proper
functioning of the public broadcaster.

Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam told the Bench that
the public broadcaster cannot have two different sets of
opinion to run the organisation and an Additional Solicitor
General would soon have a meeting with the CEO and the
Chairman, who have been at loggerheads, to sort out the

"Chairman Arun Bhatnagar is a highly respected officer
and CEO B S Lalli also has a distinguished career as a
government official. One effort should be made to sort their
differences," the Solicitor General said.

The court posted the matter for further hearing for
July 24.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 21:18

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