CBI asked to probe Prasar Bharti CEO further

Published: Saturday, April 24, 2004, 23:46 [IST]
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New Delhi:A Delhi Court has rejected Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)'s plea to close three corruption cases relating to telecast rights of international cricket and tennis tournaments against Prasar Bharti chief executive officer (CEO) K S Sarma and some other officials but accepted closure of two other cases, in one of which Sarma is an accused.

Special Judge Dinesh Dayal turned down the agency's request to close the case regarding telecast rights of 1999 World Cup Cricket and 1997 French and Wimbledon Open Tennis against Prasar Bharti CEO K S Sarma and some other officials and ordered further probe into the matter.

However, after going through CBI's closure reports in two other cases about telecast rights of 1997 Independence Cricket Cup - in which Sarma's name figured - and 1998 ICC Knock Out Cricket Tournament, the court said it found that "no case is made out" and accepted CBI's closure report.

The court concluded the investigation into the three cases was "not done properly".

The facts revealed a nexus between the Doordarshan officials and the telecast companies, the court said.

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