One resigns from job… The authority accepts resignation and acceptance conveyed … The person loses all moral and legal propriety to conduct any business. But suddenly the realization dawns to get even with those who were considered pain in the ankle. Jawhar Sircar former CEO Prasar Bharati had many in the list whom he waited to hit but one who hollered him the most for all right reasons was chosen first. Keeping all conventions and compunctions aside, he started digging against Dr. Mahesh Joshi Addl. DG, someone who pricked and punctured the once over awed CEO.
Jawhar Sircar a lame-duck CEO by then initiated hurried and flimsy inquiry flouting legal binding and Court rulings restraining official action against anyone after resignation was accepted. Baring his termity and lacking sense of legal correctness he got exposed when he dispatched two officers to Bangalore for verifying an expense of just Rs.190/ after spending around Rs.45000/ for two way air ticket for two! Was that so important an investigation that speed became the catchword – It amazes the professional soundness of the CVO even who became a willing partner without realizing the Supreme Court rulings for refusing the senior if the orders or directions lacked legality and purpose.
Sources in Prasar Bharati now openly allege how Jawhar Sircar tried force Dr. Mahesh Joshi Addl. DG to seek help and participation of external agencies in conducting in-house ‘live shows’ he organized. There are reports of emails that were exchanged where he got peeved over the officer refused to entertain or spend inorderly amount for the shows when similar talent was available in house. It was this refusal that cascaded into series of showdowns but an upright Dr. Mahesh Joshi went about his business.
Ministry sources also confirm that he for long tried impressing the Secretary to initiate action against Dr. Joshi who found no reason to be doing such a thing. Sensing matters sliding out of his hands, the lame-duck CEO took the mantle on his self when others refused to side for a personal battle that had no official bearing. Enraged he looked for support amongst his list of outside contacts and roped one L K Aggarwal to draft legal notice. Then appointing another friend S P Gaur, a retired IAS vides Memo no. A-10/5/2014-PPC (Vol. III) Dt. 7.11.2016 to initiate inquiry. Both have neither legal and official status nor necessary procedures followed in having them selected. The consent of S P Gaur is again challengeable who with all knowledge and background agreed to partner illegalities. More than the inquiry against Dr. Joshi, it is to be seen how Prasar Bharati Board put an end to misuse of authority by former CEO and harass meaningful staff. Such unilateral decision and partisan acrimony is serious in law and a lame-duck CEO with no authority after acceptance of resignation should have been cautioned by the Board where it failed.