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Bombay high court gives India today TV a clean chit

It has ordered the registrar to return the Rs 5 lakh deposited with the court to the news channel.

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New Delhi: If anyone thought that the TRP manipulation row has ended, the news is that it is far from over.

Last fortnight, the Bombay high court stayed an order passed by BARC disciplinary committee and directed BARC India not to take any coercive action against India Today group subject to a deposit of Rs 5 lakh with the court.

In the latest development, as per a court order the Bombay high court has set aside the BARC disciplinary committee  order against India Today TV.  It has ordered that the Rs 5 lakh deposited with the court registrar be returned to the India Today group in full.

A statement from the group said: “Over 45 years, we have painstakingly built on the principle of credible journalism. Story by story. Edition by edition. Platform by platform. We have created a deep legacy of credibility, excellence, trust and bipartisanship. We are widely recogised as the gold standard of journalism in the country. In a landscape marked by shrill polarities, we have only one political alignment: the Indian constitution. And, we follow it without fear or fervour.”

We tried reaching BARC for comments but no one was available to respond.

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