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TRP scam: Partho Dasgupta’s bail plea rejected

He was arrested on December 30

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NEW DELHI: The Esplanade magistrate court in Mumbai has rejected the bail plea of former Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India CEO Partho Dasgupta, in connection with the alleged TRP manipulation case. His lawyer is, reportedly, planning to approach the Mumbai high court. 

In related news, Dasgupta was questioned in connection with the gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 48 lakh found in a bank locker maintained by his wife by the crime intelligence unit of Mumbai police on Sunday. The interrogation, as reported by The Times of India, went on for one hour. 

Police obtained permission from the 37th metropolitan magistrate court to interrogate him. SB Bhajipale directed the Taloja jail superintendent to make arrangements for Dasgupta's interrogation saying, “....this court has already rejected the prayers… for further police custody on December 30. However, considering the requirement of investigations as mentioned by the prosecution, I come to the conclusion that personal interrogations of the accused for one hour in jail premises will suffice the purpose of the investigating officer.”

Dasgupta was arrested in the TRP scam on 30 December and remanded to Taloja Jail. His bail plea, which was earlier scheduled for 1 January, might come up on Monday. 

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