Parasaran to represent govt in SC on Lalli`s removal
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 22:20
New Delhi: Overruling Attorney General G E Vahanvati's recommendation, the Information and Broadcasting ministry has opted for Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran to represent it in the Supreme Court in a case seeking the removal of suspended Prasar Bharati CEO B S Lalli.

Following a reference by the President to initiate removal proceedings against Lalli, the Supreme Court had given the Centre four weeks' time to furnish evidence against Lalli facing allegations of irregularities in the public broadcaster.

Vahanvati had written to the Law Ministry saying that another ASG Gourab Banerji would assist the court in his place while Parasaran - who had been involved in the case - could represent Prasar Bharati.

Vahanvati said his own schedule does not permit him to assist the court in the matter.

Vahanvati's letter was forwarded to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry which stressed that it wanted Parasaran to plead its case.

The I&B Ministry had said that Parasaran knew the issue from the very beginning and he would be helpful in arguing the matter before the SC.

"Orders have been issued and Parasaran will represent the I and B Ministry," Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told PTI here.

In August last year, Parasaran had recommended to the I and B Ministry to refer Lalli's case to the President.

President Pratibha Patil had on December 21 ordered the suspension Lalli as Prasar Bharti CEO.

The presidential action came after the Prime Minister's Office(PMO) forwarded to Patil the letter by the I and B ministry recommending the suspension of 63-year-old Lalli, a 1971-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre.


First Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 22:20

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