October 12, 2020 12:18:52 am
THE MUMBAI Police recorded Sunday the statements of Republic TV chief govt officer (CEO) Vikas Khanchandani, chief working officer (COO) Hersh Bhandari and channel distribution head Ghanshyam Singh in reference to the continuing investigation into an alleged tv score factors (TRP) manipulation rip-off.
Whereas Khanchandani and Bhandari appeared on the Mumbai Police headquarters, a police crew reached Daman to document Singh’s assertion. The police have requested the three to return Monday with sure paperwork.
On Sunday, the crime department claimed to have discovered a diary from Vishal Bhandari, the primary individual to be arrested within the case. The police imagine the diary has names of a number of households whom Bhandari had allegedly paid cash to observe a specific channel to extend its TRP.
The police stated in addition they discovered an inventory of the 1,800 homes the place barometers have been put in within the metropolis from the residence of Bhandari. “Location of those homes are confidential and he mustn’t have saved it at his residence,” API Sachin Vaze, crime department, stated.
One other crime department officer stated police have discovered the names of some channels along with the three channels booked within the case. “We’re checking if these channels, too, have been paying him to extend their TRPs,” the officer stated.
The three officers from Republic TV, a senior officer stated, have been questioned Sunday to primarily perceive the character of their work. “We first need to perceive how the channel operates and the way it will get commercials. They’ve defined issues to us and we have now requested them to get some paperwork to get additional readability on the operations of the channel,” the officer added.
The Mumbai Police had additionally issued summons to Republic Media’s chief monetary officer (CFO) S Sundaram and COO Priya Mukherjee. “They’ve given us causes as to why they may not seem for questioning. Whereas Sundaram has talked about some well being points, Mukherjee stated she was out of the state. We’ll query them as nicely,” the officer added.
The police have additionally obtained particulars of Republic’s checking account to see if any funds have been made to the accused arrested within the case to date. The officer stated a crew had additionally visited Rajasthan to trace down one other accused.
To date, the Mumbai Police have arrested 4 individuals within the case and are looking out for 3 others. Of the 4 individuals arrested, one is a former worker of Hansa Analysis that calculated TRPs of channels for Broadcast Viewers Analysis Council (BARC). Hansa in its criticism alleged their former worker had paid folks to observe explicit channels to extend their TRPs. The police stated, to date, they’ve discovered Republic TV, Fakt Marathi and Field Cinemas have been concerned within the manipulation of TRPs, and are inspecting if different channels have been concerned within the alleged rip-off.
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