The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre to file the CBI report on the probe into the alleged irregularities committed by suspended Prasar Bharti CEO BS Lalli in running the public broadcaster.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia said it wanted the report within six weeks. It also asked Lalli to file his response in four weeks on the government’s statement of evidence filed before the court.
The court granted another four weeks to the Centre to file its rejoinder to Lalli’s response and posted the matter after eight weeks.
The Supreme Court had on February 14 initiated proceedings on a Presidential reference for Lalli’s removal and asked the Centre to place evidence of alleged irregularities committed by him. The court had also asked the government to file a statement of facts relating to Lalli’s irregularities and asked Lalli to respond to it.
Appearing for Lalli, advocate KK Venugopal urged the court to expeditiously hear the reference in view of his retirement in December this year.
Lalli, a 1971-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, was suspended in December 2010. Subsequently, President Pratibha Singh Patil had made a reference to the apex court for his removal following a government recommendation.