New Delhi: A presidential reference was made to the Supreme Court on Monday on corruption charges against suspended Prasar Bharati CEO B.S Lalli.
The court admitted the case and gave state broadcaster Prasar Bharati four weeks time to file a list of dates and facts. Lallli’s lawyer K.K Venugopal told the court that his client, who is due to retire 29 December this year, wanted to clear himself of the charges.
The presidential reference made to the Chief Justice’s bench will decide on the charges pending against Lalli.
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in July 2010 had submitted a report accusing Lalli of showing undue favour to some broadcast companies and financial mismanagement following which Lalli was suspended in December on a reference made to the President for his removal.
On 1 February, a High Level Committee, which examined alleged financial irregularities in Commonwealth Games, indicted Lalli and Doordarshan director general Aruna Sharma, accusing them of “collusion” with a UK-based company, which benefited Rs 135 crore in the broadcast deal.