Friday, March 4, 2011

CWG scam: CBI raids houses, offices of suspended Prasar Bharti CEO

NEW DELHI: The CBI Friday raided the offices and residences of suspended Prasar Bharati chief executive officer (CEO) B.S. Lalli and Waseem Ahmed Dehlvi of Zoom Communications here for their alleged involvement in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) broadcasting scam. 

The raids started at 8 am and were simultaneously conducted at four places, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) spokesperson Vineeta Thakur said. 
The places where the raids were conducted include Lalli's Pandara Road residence, his Mandi House office and Dehlvi's Greater Kailash-1 residence and Kalkaji office, CBI official R.K. Gaur said. 

CBI registered an FIR against Lalli on Thursday night. 

Lalli, who is facing corruption charges, was placed under suspension Dec 21, 2010. He is an IAS officer of the 1971 batch belonging to the Uttar Pradesh cadre. 

The V.K. Shunglu Committee, appointed by the government to probe allegations of corruption surrounding the Commonwealth Games in October 2010, noted that the Prasar Bharati had sanctioned highly inflated bills in connection with the broadcast of the event. 

The committee said in its first report Feb 1 that CWG contracts were awarded by public broadcaster Prasar Bharati arbitrarily "without ensuring reasonable rates and overruling suggestions".

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