The Station Director of Doordarshan Kendra (DDK) Srinagar, Shammi Shair, was today attached to Doordarshan Headquarters in New Delhi and Qayoom Wadera, Director Doordarshan Kendra Leh, has been appointed as Director DDK Srinagar.
Shammi Shair was facing corruption charges and Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) and Doordarshan Vigilance are investigating the embezzlement charges leveled against her.
However, misleading the Additional Director General Doordarshan New Delhi, Ashok Jailkhani, about a TV anchor of "Good Morning J&K", daily morning show from DD Srinagar, who was arrested from a house boat and later released on bail proved to be proverbial last straw for her. She had informed the ADG that the TV anchor's uncle had passed away while she was in police lock as she failed to turn up for morning show.
Reports said that Jailkhani met the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prasar Bharti, Jawahar Sircar, today and informed him about the incident. The two officers also discussed the corruption charges she is facing and decided to remove her from DDK Srinagar.
It may be mentioned here that CEO Prasar Bharti, Jawahar Sircar had said in July this year during an annual conference of the North Zone officers of the official electronic media at SKICC Srinagar that DDK, Srinagar had become a hub of corruption. He had assured that he will clear the mess and those responsible will not be spared. Sources said that removing the tainted director was another step towards that direction as first step was taken in July this year when former Director DDK Srinagar, Dr. Rafiq Masoodi, who was Deputy Director General (DDG) DD at New Delhi was suspended.
Masoodi was suspended for misappropriation of funds amounting to crores of rupees, allotting contracts without proper sanction, and projection of wrong facts regarding engagement of casual labours at DDK Srinagar. Besides this a Departmental inquiry had found that he had allegedly purchased 9000 segments for DD's Current Affairs morning show in 2009 and 2010.
The CEO had taken a serious note of the allegations leveled by the Private producers of Kashmir valley against Shammi Shair. They had told the CEO that she had failed to revive programme activity and had drawn crores of rupees in the name of her friends, relatives, acquaintances, neighbours and even her own drivers and domestic helps. The private producers had handed over several hundred page documents to the CEO as an evidence of her alleged frauds.