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 differences.

"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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