Udayavni Special

Found proof against Republic TV, Arnab in TRP case, Police tells HC

PTI, Jan 6, 2021, 5:13 PM IST

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that “some evidence” was found against Republic TV and its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami in the Television Rating Points (TRP) scam case, and therefore, it did not want to continue granting them any protection from any coercive action.

However, as the high court adjourned the matter without hearing any arguments during the day, the police agreed to continue its previous assurance of not taking any coercive action till January 15, the next date of hearing in the case.

The alleged fake TRP scam was unearthed last year after the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a complaint alleging that certain television channels were rigging their TRP numbers, apparently to generate more revenue from advertisements.

On Wednesday, the HC adjourned the matter without hearing any arguments after a Republic TV counsel told the court that senior advocate Harish Salve was unable to appear while the second senior lawyer was stuck due to some medical emergency in the family.

At this point, Mumbai Police’s lawyer Kapil Sibal agreed to refrain from taking any coercive action against the accused till the next date of hearing.

“We (Mumbai Police) have found evidence on record through the investigation with BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) against Republic TV and Arnab Goswami. Milords may record my statement that I (police) do not wish to continue my statement. I (Police) have agreed (not to take any coercive action against the accused) because of this extreme emergency,” Sibal said referring to the adjournment.

He also told the HC that the police will submit a status report of its probe in the case on the next date of hearing.

On December 16 last year, Sibal had submitted in the HC that no coercive action would be taken against Goswami or any other employees of ARG Outlier Media (AOM), which runs Republic TV, till January 6.

The AOM had approached the high court last year, seeking, among other things, that the police be restrained from taking coercive action against its employees.

During the hearing in December last year, advocate Abad Ponda, who appeared for AOM, had read out from the chargesheet to point out that the police had mentioned in the chargesheet, the owners, managers, and related persons of Republic TV, as suspects in the case.

Ponda had said that this could mean that the police could arrest anyone related to the channel and that the same constituted “gross illegality.”

The HC bench had then asked the State’s counsel to take instructions from the police on no coercive action against the employees till further hearing.

AOM had filed several pleas and interim applications in the HC urging it to transfer the probe in the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation or any other independent agency.

It had also requested the HC to stay the ongoing investigation and restrain the police from taking any coercive action against the petitioners, their employees, or investors.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

This time too Aero India will be successful: Rajnath Singh at B’luru

Will not belie people’s expectations says MLA Angara

Govt-farmer meeting ends; Next round on Jan 19

RAF’s 97 Bn HQ’s stone laying at Shivamogga dist on Jan 16

Famous Bengaluru biker dies after crashing into camel in Jaisalmer

Mohammed Siraj abused by Gabba crowd, called ‘grub’: Report

PM doesn’t respect farmers, wants to tire out those protesting against agri laws: Rahul

Related Articles More

Congress had promised similar farm laws, its leaders laugh at Rahul Gandhi’s remarks: Tomar

India, Japan ink pact to enhance cooperation in ICT

AAP MLA Somnath Bharti gets bail in one case, hearing on another tomorrow

Indian Army has shown immense grit to match Chinese aggression in Eastern Ladakh: Top Commander

‘Phishing Attack’ on Nidhi Razdan, Journalist says her Harvard University offer was fraudulent


Mangaluru: SDPI organises ‘SP kacheri chalo’ rally; called off after meeting with ComPol

COVID-19 Vaccine distribution in DK district’s 6 centres from tomorrow: DC Rajendra

Cabinet expansion unhappiness: No need to stand on road and whine says Nalin Kateel

Karkala : Success story of self employed woman Radhika Nayak | Inspirational Stories| Udayavani

Tempo-lorry collide near Dharwad bypass; more than 10 dead | Udayavani

Latest Additions

This time too Aero India will be successful: Rajnath Singh at B’luru

Nepal approves AstraZeneca’s India-made COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

Economy likely to contract up to 7.5% this fiscal, may See 9-11% growth in FY22: Arvind Virmani

Congress had promised similar farm laws, its leaders laugh at Rahul Gandhi’s remarks: Tomar

India, Japan ink pact to enhance cooperation in ICT

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.