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President Pratibha Patil has given her assent for a Supreme Court inquiry into charges of financial mismanagement against Prasar Bharti Chief Executive Officer (CEO) B.S. Lalli, official sources said Thursday.

Sources said Patil’s assent came on a reference made by the government. It would set in motion the process for removal of Lalli, who can be placed under suspension pending an inquiry.

Lalli, who is a 1971 batch Indian Administrative Service officer, was indicted by the Central Vigilance Commission for breach of parliamentary privilege, showing favours to some broadcast companies, and committing financial mismanagement.

Lalli assumed charge as CEO in December 2006.

A Prasar Bharti CEO is appointed by a panel which includes the prime minister, the Rajya Sabha chairman and the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha.

Prasar Bharti is the public broadcaster of the country and has All India Radio and Doordarshan as its components.

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