New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday registered a money laundering case against suspended Prasar Bharti CEO B S Lalli in connection with the awarding of the Rs 246-crore broadcast rights contract for Commonwealth Games.
The Directorate has registered the case after it found instances of violations of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the deal related to transfer and transaction of funds. The case was registered on Tuesday, ED sources said.
The ED will now summon Lalli for questioning and recording of his statement in connection with the deal.
The case pertains to Prasar Bharati striking a Rs 246-crore deal with a UK-based broadcast firm, SIS Live for the coverage of the Commonwealth Games that took place in the national capital in 2010.
The Shunglu Committee, set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to investigate alleged financial and other irregularities in the conduct of the Games, had indicted Lalli and former Doordarshan director general Aruna Sharma in the awarding of broadcasting rights for the Games which, it was claimed, had led to a loss of Rs 135 crore to the exchequer.
The CBI has also registered a case for probing the same deal in March 2011.
The deal came under scanner because the public broadcaster entered into a Rs 246-crore agreement with SIS Live for the broadcast of the sporting extravaganza and later, the UK company sub-contracted the same to an Indian firm ‘Zoom Communication´ for just Rs 177 crore.
The I-T department was the first to raise a red flag over the deal following scrutiny of the sub-contract papers. The ED is probing the deal under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).