A BATTLE of sorts has begun in Prasar Bharati, with Doordarshan’s Additional Director General legally challenging the proposed appointment of Director General (Doordarshan) and demanding criminal action against the Prasar Bharati CEO for his role in the appointment process.
Both Doordarshan and All India Radio come under the Prasar Bharati.
Additional DG Mahesh Joshi has filed a case in the Central Administrative Tribunal against Supriya Sahu’s name being recommended to the post of DG (Doordarshan). Joshi’s petition alleges that Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar provided fraudulent information about Sahu.
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The post of DG (Doordarshan) fell vacant on July 27, 2014, after the then DG, Tripurari Sharan, completed his tenure. Sahu, who is at present Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation Limited, was recommended for the post earlier this year by the Prasar Bharati Board. Sircar is an executive member of the Board.
In his petition, Joshi has alleged that Sahu was recommended for the post of DG (Doordarshan) even though she is not qualified. It is alleged that she had not completed three years of regular service as a Joint Secretary by October 31, 2014, as required under the recruitment rules.
The petition also alleges that this fact has been “deliberately omitted” by the Prasar Bharati CEO “with a view to mislead members of the Prasar Bharati Broad”.
“The candidate is not eligible to the post as she falls short of nine months with regards to meeting the eligibility criteria,” Joshi said.
Sircar refused to comment since the issue is sub judice.
In his petition, Joshi has also alleged that the Prasar Bharati Broad has recommended only one name for the post, thereby flouting Department of Personnel and Training guidelines, which mandate that a panel of names in order of merit must be recommended.