New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted raids at the residence of suspended Prasar Bharti CEO BS Lalli after a case was registered against him for alleged irregularities in awarding broadcasting rights of Commonwealth Games.

It is reported that the irregularities resulted in a loss of Rs 135 crore exchequer.

The case was filed against Lalli, Director of Zoom Communications Wasim Dehlvi and others under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code late last night, official sources said.

According to sources, the raids were also carried out at Dehlvi’s residence and two other places.

The CBI moves comes after Information and Broadcasting Ministry cleared the deck for prosecution of Lalli facing allegations of corruption relating to broadcast rights given to SIS Live.

However, approval of prosecution of former Doordarshan Director General Aruna Sharma for her role in the matter is yet to be given by the Ministry which said it is examining the reply given by the 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.

Both Lalli and Sharma denied the allegations of any wrongdoing. Sharma was ordered to be reverted back to the state cadre while Lalli was suspended.

"Based on documents made available, the committee has concluded that the actual cost of the contract awarded to SIS Live was at best about Rs 111 crore, thus resulting in a gain of at least Rs 135 crore to the company," the Shunglu report had alleged.

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 rescued from the acts of omission and commission.

(Agencies)