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Prez agrees for SC inquiry into charges against Lalli

New Delhi: The President has given her assent for a Supreme Court inquiry into charges of financial mismanagement against controversial Prasar Bharti CEO B S Lalli, setting in motion the process for his removal from the post.

Official sources said President Pratibha Patil’s assent came on a reference made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as required under the Prasar Bharti Act.

According to the Act, the Chairman or a Member of Prasar Bharti can only be removed by an order of the president on the ground of misbehaviour after the Supreme Court holds an inquiry following a reference to it.

Pending inquiry, the chief executive officer can be placed under suspension as per the provisions of the Act.

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