No discussion on CVC report in Prasar Bharti board meeting
The Prasar Bharti board which met in New Delhi on Thursday did not discuss the controversial Central Vigilance Commission report against its embattled CEO B S Lalli and deliberated only on routine matters.delhi Updated: Oct 21, 2010 19:35 IST
The Prasar Bharti board which met in New Delhi on Thursday did not discuss the controversial Central Vigilance Commission report against its embattled CEO B S Lalli and deliberated only on routine matters.
Sources said though Prasar Bharti chairperson Mrinal Pandey had earlier circulated the report amongst all the board members, the agenda for the meeting did not include discussion on the report.
The agenda for the board meeting is set by the CEO himself.
Lalli, however, told PTI that every agenda paper has a provision for taking up for discussion any issue with the permission of the chairperson and it was not right to say whether any particular agenda was not included.
According to the sources, in the last half minute before the meeting was wound up, a member did raise the issue but it was not discussed as there was no consensus or permission from the chair to do so.
The law ministry had given a go-ahead to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to ask the Supreme Court to initiate a probe against Lalli on the basis of the report that indicted Prasar Bharti on several counts of financial irregularities.
Top law officer Attorney General G E Vanhavati has told the Government that a Supreme Court inquiry cannot be sought without Lalli's version on the irregularities.
The meeting on Thursday is understood to have discussed certain appointments and deferred discussion and presentation on new media to its next meeting.