'Lalli caused Rs 150cr CWG loss'
Prasar Bharti CEO BS Lalli and two other top officials have been indicted on Monday for having caused a
Rs 150-crore loss to the exchequer while awarding the 2010 Commonwealth Games broadcast rights to a UK company.
In its interim report submitted to the Prime Minister's Office and the cabinet secretary, the two-member panel, headed by former CAG VK Shunglu, is learnt to have found glaring irregularities in the deal Doordarshan signed with UK-based SIS live.
PM-appointed panel earlier took into possession of hard discs from the official computers of Lalli and DD director general Aruna Sharma.
Sources said the panel revealed that the contract benefited SIS, which did not honour its commitment and outsourced the work to its Indian arm, Zoom Communications.
The panel found that though the contract was for Rs 246 crore, SIS got the work done by Zoom for Rs 100 crore. It raised questions on why did Lalli kept on paying SIS. "Two days after SIS signed the contract with DD in March 2009, it had put out a press release from London, mentioning its next deal with Zoom. It was not possible without Prasar Bharti's connivance," said a source. The panel has now asked the information and broadcasting ministry to withhold the remaining payment of Rs 96 crore to SIS.