New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday directed the government to file the CBI report on the probe into alleged irregularities committed by suspended Prasar Bharati CEO B S Lalli in running the public broadcaster.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia sought the
report within six weeks.
It also asked Lalli to file his response in four weeks
on the statement of evidence filed by the government on
alleged irregularities committed by him in running Prasar
The court granted another four weeks to the government
to file its rejoinder to the response of Lalli and posted the
matter after eight weeks.
The Supreme Court had on February 14 initiated
proceedings on a Presidential reference for Lalli`s removal
and asked the Centre to place evidence of alleged
irregularities committed by him.
The court had also asked the government to file a
statement of facts relating to Lalli`s irregularities and
asked the former public broadcaster chief to respond to it.
Senior Advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for Lalli,
had urged the court to expeditiously hear the reference in
view of his retirement in December this year.
Lalli, a 1971-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh
cadre, was suspended last December.
President Pratibha Patil had on December 21 last
ordered Lalli`s suspension and made a reference to the apex
court for his removal on the recommendation of the government.
According to the Prasar Bharati Act, the Chairman or a
Member of Prasar Bharati can be removed only by an order of
the President on the ground of misbehaviour after the Supreme
Court holds an inquiry following a reference to it.