New Delhi: In connection with allegations of corruption in awarding broadcasting rights of Commonwealth Games, Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Tuesday gave its nod for a CBI probe against suspended Prasar Bharati CEO B S Lalli. (Agencies)
Lalli awarded broadcasting rights of Commonwealth Games to a private company causing Rs 135 crore loss to the Exchequer.
However, the Ministry is yet to give its nod for a CBI probe to investigate Doordarshan Director-General Aruna Sharma's role in the matter, as the reply given by her is still being examined, Ministry sources said.
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 V K 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.
Both Lalli and Sharma had denied allegations of any wrongdoing. Sharma, a Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer, was 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.
The committee in its report 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 wrong actions.
Besides, the panel 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.
New Delhi: In connection with allegations of corruption in awarding broadcasting rights of Commonwealth Games, Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Tuesday gave its nod for a CBI probe against suspended Prasar Bharati CEO B S Lalli.