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Court accepts closure report in graft case against BS Lalli

LiveMint logoLiveMint 26-05-2014 PTI

New Delhi: A Delhi court has accepted the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) closure report in a case involving former Prasar Bharti chief executive officer (CEO) B.S. Lalli saying the probe could not establish any “mens rea” (guilty mind) or “criminality” on his part on charges of allegedly committing fraud in awarding broadcasting rights for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010.

CBI, in its closure report, had said that they have not found substantive evidence against Lalli and managing director of Delhi-based Zoom Communications, Vaseem Ahmed Dehlvi, also the resident director of UK-based SIS Live. “Thus, investigation into the allegations against accused B.S. Lalli and other accused persons could not establish any mens rea or criminality on the part of the accused persons.

“In view of the... discussion, there is no infirmity in the closure report filed by the CBI. Same is therefore, accepted,” special CBI judge Madhu Jain said. The closure report was filed by CBI in July last year. CBI, in its FIR, had booked both Lalli and Dehlvi in 2012 for the offences punishable under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of IPC and criminal misconduct by public servant in the matter of award of production and coverage for the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi. The probe agency had alleged that a major portion of `246 crore contract given to UK-based SIS Live by Prasar Bharti for “production and coverage” of 2010 CWG was sub-contracted to Zoom Communications for only `177 crore resulting in loss of over `65 crore to the exchequer.

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