Ministry nod for CBI probe against Lalli
New Delhi: Information and Broadcasting
Ministry has given the go ahead for a CBI probe against
suspended Prasar Bharati CEO BS Lalli in connection with
allegations of corruption in awarding broadcasting rights of
Sources said the Ministry has given the sanction to
CBI to probe Lalli`s role in the award of broadcasting rights
of Commonwealth Games causing Rs 135 crore loss to the
However, it is yet to give its nod for a CBI probe to
investigate Doordarshan Director-General Aruna Sharma`s role
in the matter. Ministry sources said they were examining the
reply given by Sharma, a Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer.
Soon after getting clearance from the Prime Minister`s
Office to initiate action against both the officials on the
basis of the recommendations of the VK Shunglu committee, the
CBI had written to the Ministry seeking its nod to go ahead
with criminal proceedings against them.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, after receiving the
report, had issued directions that explanations be sought from
Lalli and Sharma in the award of broadcasting rights of
Commonwealth Games causing Rs.135 crore loss to the exchequer.
Both Lalli and Sharma had denied allegations of any
wrongdoing. Sharma was ordered to be reverted back to the
state while Lalli was suspended.
The Prime Minister decided to refer the matter to CBI
after considering the report on the Host Broadcasting Issues
related to the Games and the report given by Cabinet Secretary
K M Chandrasekhar.
In its report, the committee had fixed the
responsibility for providing "undue benefit" to SIS Live and
Zoom Communications primarily on Lalli and Sharma and said
they cannot be recused from the acts of omission and
commission which facilitated this wrong doing.
The committee had also said certain actions seem to
attract penal provisions under IPC and the Prevention of
Corruption Act which need to be separately investigated.
The Prime Minister had also directed the ministry to
review the claims made by M/s SIS LIVE, jointly with Prasar
Bharati and in consultation with their financial advisers to
ensure that there is no over-payment.
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