Republic TV on Monday told the Bombay High Court that the Mumbai Police’s intention of probe into the alleged TRP scam was only to arrest the news channel’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. The channel said that the texts exchanged between Goswami and Partho Dasgupta, the former CEO of BARC India, were “merely conversations between two friends”, Bar and Bench reported.
Partho Dasgupta, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India, was arrested and sent to police custody till December 28 by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Thursday, in connection with the Television Rating Points (TRP) rigging case.
The Mumbai Police named Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami as an accused in the fake TRP scam nine months after registering an FIR in the case, reported Live Law on Tuesday.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday questioned the Mumbai Police on why it kept “the sword hanging on their head” while hearing ARG Media Outlier’s plea challenging the proceedings initiated against its channels and its employees by the police, Bar and Bench reported.
The Mumbai Police filed an affidavit with the Bombay High Court on Sunday claiming that Republic TV was trying to play the victim card to transfer the probe of the Television Points Rating (TRP) scam from the Mumbai Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The TRP scam, which was uncovered in October 2020 after three television news channels were accused of rigging television rating points (TRP) to increase viewership, saw a new development on Sunday after Pakistan’s foreign ministry alleged India’s ruling party BJP and its ideological parent organisation, RSS, of staging “false flag” operations in the Pulwama attack of February 2019.
Romil Ramgarhia, former chief operating officer of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), was arrested by the Mumbai Police on Thursday in connection with the alleged Television Rating Point (TRP) rigging scam.
Vikas Khanchandani, the CEO of news channel Republic TV, was arrested by the Mumbai Police on Sunday in connection with the alleged TRP manipulation case, reported NDTV.
Republic TV’s parent company, ARG Outlier Media Pvt. Ltd, on Thursday filed a criminal defamation case at Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House courts against Navika Kumar, an anchor of English news channel Times Now for allegedly making “defamatory” remarks about Arnab Goswami, Republic TV’s Editor-in-Chief, in connection with the TRP scam case, reported Bar and Bench.
Republic TV, the English news channel, sent a notice to English newspaper The Indian Express for allegedly publishing fake news regarding its founder, journalist Arnab Goswami, regarding the fake TRP scam case on Tuesday.
Kangana Ranaut, the National Award-winning Hindi actor, landed in trouble after her Twitter account was deactivated briefly on Tuesday after she posted some “hateful” tweets regarding banning Amazon Prime Video’s web series Tandav, which is facing flak for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments.