clears probe against Prasar Bharti chief.
President Pratibha Patil has given her assent for a Supreme Court inquiry
into charges of financial mismanagement against Prasar Bharti Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) B.S. Lalli , official sources said on Thursday.
Sources said Patil's assent came on a reference made by the government. It
would set in motion the process for removal of Lalli, who can be placed
under suspension pending an inquiry. Lalli, who is a 1971 batch Indian
Administrative Service officer, was indicted by the Central Vigilance
Commission for breach of parliamentary privilege, showing favours to some
broadcast companies, and committing financial mismanagement.
Reacting to news of President giving assent for an inquiry by the Supreme
Court into charges of administrative and financial irregularities against
him, he said the intrigue and mischief was "abetted and encouraged by
powerful elements from outside" aimed at "demonising an individual".Singh,
against whom the process of removal has been set in motion by the
government, expressed the hope that the inquiry gets finalised quickly so
that the "true picture" is known to the public at large.
In a press release,
Singh said while on the one hand he was sad that he has to face this
situation after nearly 40 years of "unblemished" service in the IAS, on the
other he derived comfort from the fact that he would finally be heard." At
long last, due focus would be given to facts rather than conjectures,
half-truths and plain lies," he said. Maintaining that he would not like to
go into details of charges against him as the entire subject would be
scrutinised by the highest court of the land, he said it would suffice to
refer to the four allegations against him.
Here is the statement that Mr. B.S.Lalli issued in
I am given to understand that a reference has been made to the honourable
Supreme Court in terms of section 7 of the Prasar Bharati act. This is in
context of the CVC report on some alleged administrative and financial
irregularities in the working of Prasar Bharati.
I would only state that a lot of intrigue and mischief have been going on
within the organization which has unfortunately been abetted and encouraged
by powerful elements from outside aimed at not only the demonising of an
individual but also the derailment of a premier democratic institution.
Available record clearly and unequivocally shed light on the transparency,
good faith and sound commercial judgement in respect of all these matters.
Judicial scrutiny I am sure will also show that fallacious interpretations
of relevant provisions of law and rules was made to arrive at certain
conclusions and that presumption and prejudice held the field while the
facts on record were not even acknowledged.
I hope that the enquiry by the Honourable Supreme Court gets finalised
quickly so that the true picture is known to the public at large.
(BS Lalli Press release)
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