Information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni is understood to
have recommended the removal of Prasar Bharati chief executive office (CEO)
BS Lalli after the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) found him guilty of
financial and administrative irregularities.
After the case was referred to it by the Prasar Bharati board, CVC
probed seven allegations against Lalli and found him blameworthy on five
Armed with the CVC report released in July, sources told DNA, Soni
recommended the CEO’s removal to prime minister Manmohan Singh in the first
week of this month.
Lalli has been found guilty of serious financial and administrative
irregularities in broadcast of sporting events and engagement of legal
In one case, Prasar Bharati was blamed for breaching parliamentary
privileges. Simply put, Lalli tried to mislead parliament.
He even admitted in an interview that he may have committed an error.
This is the first time that removal of an officer at this level has
been recommended. The Prasar Bharati CEO is appointed by a high-powered
panel comprising, among others, the prime minister, chairman of Rajya Sabha
and leader of opposition in Lok Sabha. The CEO can be removed only if
allegations against him/her are established, the file is sent to the
president and later referred to the Supreme Court.
This provision is to protect Prasar Bharati from government influence
and maintain its autonomy.