The statement of the I&B Minister in the Rajyasabha about the
allegations against Prasar Bharati CEO
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING
QUESTION NO 700
ANSWERED ON 15.11.2010
INVESTIGATION AGAINST PRASAR BHARATI CEO .
700 SHRI JAI PRAKASH NARAYAN SINGH
Will the Minister of INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING be
pleased to satate :-
(a) whether the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), in its report on
corruption against CEO, Prasar Bharati, found him guilty alongwith other
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether the matter has been reported to CBI to file criminal cases
against all, to arrive at final conclusions; and
(d) if not, the reasons therefor ?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION & BROADCASTING
( SHRI C.M. JATUA )
(a) & (b): Honble High Court of Delhi vide its orders passed in Writ
Petition No. 8780/2009 filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation
had, interalia, directed that the allegations regarding financial and
administrative irregularities etc., in Prasar Bharati be referred to the
Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for appropriate investigation and report.
Accordingly the allegations were referred to CVC by Prasar Bharati Board.
CVC, in its report has established 5 out of 7 allegations on which the
enquiry was conducted. These pertain to contracts for management of
advertisement revenue arising from the telecast of cricket matches on
Doordarshan during 2007, the non-telecast by Doordarshan of T-20 cricket
World Cup matches held in South Africa in September 2007, engagement of
legal entities to represent Prasar Bharati, purchase of RadiŽo Broadcasting
Rights for 13 cricket series held during 2007-2009 and hiring of transport
and accommodation for the conduct of Commonwealth Youth Games Pune, 2008.
CVC has held CEO, Prasar Bharati, to be responsible in respect of four of
On receipt of the CVC report, this Ministry sought the advice of Law
Ministry on the further course of action to be taken, as per Section 7 of
the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act, 1990, in view of
the findings contained in the CVC report. The advice of the Additional
Solicitor General and the Law Ministry was considered by the Government.
Further examination was sought from the Attorney General (AG) by the Law
Ministry. The Attorney General, in his advice, duly endorsed by the Law
Ministry, has required this Ministry to seek comments of CEO, Prasar Bharati
on the CVC report. The AG while furnishing his advice, has also taken into
account the advice earlier furnished by the Additional Solicitor General.
The Ministry has accordingly sought the comments of CEO, Prasar Bharati on
the CVC report.
(c) and (d) : No sir.
Thank you for your