President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has, reportedly, signed the order for suspension of BS Lalli, CEO, Prasar Bharti. It is learnt that a letter recommending Lalli’s suspension was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, which was then sent to the President for her acquiesce.
Lalli was indicted by the Central Vigilance Commission, which had accused him of corruption, financial and administrative mismanagement in the public broadcaster. Moreover, Lalli was facing allegations of irregularities in giving the contract of broadcast rights deal worth Rs 246 crore for the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 to a UK-based firm SIS Live.
Prasar Bharti is an autonomous corporation of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and it governs state-owned Doordarshan (DD) and All India Radio (AIR). As per the Prasar Bharti Act, any member of the corporation can be sacked only after a Supreme Court inquiry sanctioned by the Indian President.