reference sought for Prasar Bharati Chief Executive Officer's
The Central government appears to have made up its mind to ease out Prasar
Bharati's Chief Executive Officer B.S. Lalli, who was involved in a running
feud with the Prasar Bharati Board and was indicted recently by the Central
Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh has sought Presidential reference, setting in motion the process for
Mr. Lalli's removal, highly placed sources in the government told The Hindu
on Wednesday (08-12-2010).
According to the Prasar Bharati
Act, the CEO can be removed after a Presidential reference to the Supreme
Court, which will order an inquiry.
Mr. Lalli, a 1971 batch IAS officer of the
Uttar Pradesh cadre, took charge as CEO in December 2006. He was indicted by
the Central Vigilance Commission, which accused him of breach of
parliamentary privilege, showing undue favour to some broadcast companies
and financial mismanagement.
After investigating a slew of allegations against
Mr. Lalli under a directive of the Delhi High Court, the Central Vigilance
Commission, in its report earlier this year, commented adversely against Mr.
Lalli. To protect the public broadcaster from government influence and
ensure its autonomy, the Prasar Bharati CEO is appointed by a high-power
panel, which includes the Prime Minister, the Rajya Sabha Chairman and the
Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.
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