The Mumbai police has summoned the chief monetary officer (CFO) Shiva Sundaram of Republic TV, Sam Balsara founder, chairman and managing director of Madison World and chief govt officer of IPG Mediabrands Shashi Sinha to report their assertion in reference to the TRP fraud case.
All of the three have been requested to achieve the crime department workplace in South Mumbai at 11 am on Saturday. “They’ve been known as to report their assertion below part 160 of the Legal Process Code,” mentioned joint commissioner of police (Crime), Milind Bharambe.
Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh had on Thursday introduced that investigators probing allegations of manipulating TRPs would query officers of Republic TV.
The police have already arrested 4 individuals on this case together with Vishal Bhandari, 20, Bompalli Rao Mistry alias Sanjiv Rao, 44, and homeowners of Fakt Marathi and Field Cinema Shirish Shetty and Narayan Sharma respectively. They have been produced earlier than the courtroom on Friday which remanded them to police custody until October 13.
Param Bir Singh, who’s fronting the offensive in opposition to the channel, additionally responded to criticism that the preliminary FIR didn’t identify Republic TV however one other information channel, India Right now. Singh mentioned that they had not come throughout any proof in opposition to India Right now.
“Hansa Analysis Non-public Restricted after they carried out an inside inquiry, of now arrested accused Vishal Bhandari, after they obtained a grievance in opposition to Bhandari stating that he was paying a number of households to tune into sure channels. India Right now’s identify got here throughout their inside enquiry primarily based on which an FIR was filed at Kandivali police station on October 6. We took Bhandari’s custody and have recorded the statements of witnesses and now we have not discovered any proof to substantiate the declare that India Right now was concerned in manipulating TRP,” mentioned Singh.
“Throughout additional inquiry, Bhandari took the identify of Bompalli Rao Mistry alias Konsa Palki alias Sanjiv Rao, 45, and mentioned he’s presently working for him. Rao is in direct contact with a number of homeowners of channels and is concerned in manipulating TRP,” mentioned against the law department officer.
Bhandari has named solely three channels Fakt Marathi, Field Cinema and Republic Bharat TV until now, mentioned against the law department officer.
In accordance with Hansa Analysis Non-public Restricted, roughly 30,000 barometers are put in throughout India to observe numerous channels and programmes primarily based on which BARC awards scores to channels.
Of the 30,000, 2,000 barometers are put in in Mumbai that are dealt with by 20 relationship managers. Bhandari was one of many relationship managers, added the crime department officer.
The allegations have set off a series of political reactions together with a tweet by Union data and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar. “Free press is a defining function of our democracy and a cherished excellent of the Structure. Trampling on media freedom is not going to be tolerated by folks of India. Concentrating on of the media by #Congress and its allies is in opposition to all ideas of democracy and is unacceptable,” the Union minister had tweeted.
The Congress attacked the BJP, alleging that the ruling get together on the Centre had used “blatant & shameless assault on press freedom” to ship a tough blow on one of many pillars of India’s democracy.