Manmohan Singh directs CBI to act against Doordarshan DG, Lalli

Saturday, February 19, 2011

NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has directed reverting Doordarshan Director General Aruna Sharma to her parent cadre and also seeking explanation from her and the Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati BS Lalli on the allegations made against them.

Dr. Singh referred the Shunglu Committee Report on Host Broadcasting issues relating to the Commonwealth Games to the CBI on Friday.

He has also asked the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to recommend an appropriate course of action within two weeks

Sharma belongs to the Madhya Pradesh cadre of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

Dr. Singh has also ordered review of the claims for payments of dues by the London-based SIS LIVE, the broadcaster for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and to ‘ensure that there is no over-payment’.

The Shunglu Committee had said that the two officials had favoured the SIS LIVE with an exorbitant contract and approved inflated bills, causing a loss of Rs.132 crore to the national exchequer.

If ‘over-payment’ has been made, action should be taken to ensure the recovery of it, the prime minister said. (ANI)

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