Money-laundering case against suspended Prasar Bharti chief

June 21st, 2011 - 10:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Tuesday registered a money laundering case against suspended Prasar Bharti chief B.S. Lalli over irregularities in awarding broadcasting rights contract for the October 2010 Commonwealth Games.

“The agency registered the case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and will soon summon Lalli,” sources in the ED said.

The ED alleges violation of PMLA in awarding a Rs.246-crore deal to Britain-based broadcast firm SIS Live for the coverage of the Commonwealth Games.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case in the same deal in March this year.

The Shunglu Committee, in its report, said Lalli and former Doordarshan director general Aruna Sharma caused a loss of Rs.135 crore to the exchequer in awarding the contract to the British firm.

The committee, under former comptroller and auditor general V.K. Shunglu, was set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to investigate financial and other irregularities in the Commonwealth Games.

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