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The statement of the I&B Minister in the Rajyasabha about the allegations against Prasar Bharati CEO

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    GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING
RAJYA SABHA
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 officers;

(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 ?
ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION & BROADCASTING

( SHRI C.M. JATUA )

(a) & (b): Hon’ble 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 these allegations.
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.

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