Republic TV’s chief monetary officer (CFO) Shiva Sundaram has written to Mumbai police stating he can be obtainable to hitch investigations within the alleged pretend TRP scores rip-off solely by October 14-15 and has requested the Mumbai police to not proceed with the probe until a writ petition within the matter is heard by the Supreme Courtroom.
“I discuss with the above summons issued by you on October 9, 2020 asking me to be current at your workplace on October 10, 2020 at 11pm for the aim of your investigation within the topic First Info Report. On the outset, I’d categorical my dedication to cooperate within the mentioned investigations,” Sundaram says in his letter.
The letter then goes on to request Mumbai police to halt investigations until the listening to of the writ petition filed earlier than the Supreme Courtroom.
“I want to convey to your discover that a Writ petition below Article 32 has been filed earlier than the Hon’ble Supreme Courtroom of India (Provisional utility quantity 7848/2020) in relation to the above referred matter and we’ve got requested for an early listening to and it’s more likely to be listed by subsequent week. On condition that the matter is to be listed quickly earlier than the Hon’ble Supreme Courtroom, I request you to not proceed any additional with the investigations in as far as Republic TV and its staff are involved. We are going to be part of the investigations topic to the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Courtroom of India.’
The letter ends by stating, “I’d additionally like to tell you that on account of some private commitments I’m scheduled to journey outdoors Mumbai for the following few days and accordingly will solely be obtainable in Mumbai by 14-15 October, 2020.”
Joint commissioner of police (crime department) Milind Bharambe confirmed receiving the letter. “CFO of Republic TV, S Sundaram, gave a letter to the police to reschedule the summons which was issued to him on October 9 to hitch the investigation,” Bharambe mentioned.
In the meantime, Sam Balsara, founder, chairman and managing director of Madison World, reached Mumbai police headquarters to assist the investigations.
The alleged pretend TRP case was registered after Mumbai police claimed to have busted a TRP manipulation racket following a grievance by TV viewership measurement company Broadcast Viewers Analysis Council (BARC). The police mentioned Republic TV and two different native Mumbai channels had been concerned in manipulating the essential knowledge which signifies which TV programmes are considered essentially the most and is usually utilized by advertisers for choices associated to advert spend.