Television

TRP scam: Complete probe against Republic TV within 12 weeks, HC to police

The channel and its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami are listed as ‘suspects’ in the case.

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2021/03/24/republic.jpg?itok=A0wRIq6K

New Delhi: In a major relief to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, the Bombay high court on Wednesday directed the Mumbai police to give three days prior notice in case they intend to arrest him in the TRP scam case. Both Goswami and the channel are listed as “suspects” by Mumbai police in the ongoing investigation.

The court was hearing the petition filed by ARG Outlier Media challenging criminal proceedings initiated against Republic TV channel and employees in connection with the TV ratings manipulation case. ARG Outlier Media had submitted that the law keepers in Mumbai had "falsely implicated" its channels and employees and the entire case arose out of an “unparalleled political vendetta”.

Earlier during the hearing today, Republic TV’s counsel Ashok Mundargi submitted before the court that while other channels had also been named, the police were only interrogating Republic TV employees and the channel’s role in the case. He argued that the police had been investigating for nearly four months, but had been unable to get any evidence to book the channel or Goswami.

Having heard the submissions from both sides, the bench directed that in case the investigating officer desires to summon the petitioner Goswami for inquiry/investigation, he shall give clear notice of three days (excluding holidays) to him. It also added that in case such notice/summons is received by Goswami, he shall appear and co-operate with the inquiry before the concerned investigating officer.

The interim order also noted that in the course of investigation, if the probing officer has reason to believe that he or she needs to take coercive action against Goswami, clear notice of 72 hours should be given before taking such coercive action, to facilitate the petitioner to approach the competent forum for appropriate reliefs.

The bench headed by justice SS Shinde also stated that the investigating agency can continue with further investigation, but ordered that the probe against Republic TV should be completed within 12 weeks. The directions come a few days after the court pulled up Mumbai police and asked if it intends to proceed with the investigation against the channel, considering it remains a ‘suspect’ on police records, even after filing two charge-sheets in connection with the case.

The court also clarified that the investigation cannot be stayed right now since neither the channel nor Goswami are made accused yet and there is no clarity from the investigating agency on the status of whether they will be made accused or not.

The TRP scam had come to light in October last year when BARC lodged a complaint with the Mumbai police through Hansa Research Group, alleging that certain television channels were rigging TRP numbers by bribing households where BARC bar-o-meters were installed to tune into a particular channel throughout the day. As many as 15 arrests have been made in the case, the most prominent being former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta, who recently got bail after furnishing a bond of Rs 2 lakh. The arrested people were charged with cheating, criminal conspiracy, and destruction of evidence.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/16/zeel.jpg?itok=H-3ComXk
ZEE Entertainment Board comes out in support of former directors Ashok Kurien & Manish Chokhani

The Board of Directors of ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) on Thursday came out in support of two of its former non-executive directors, Ashok Kurien and Manish Chokhani amid “allegations made by certain proxy advisory firms" against them.

Television TV Channels GECs
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/16/anil.jpg?itok=KW_iQjM7
Viacom18 appoints Anil Jayaraj as CEO, sports

Mumbai: Viacom18 on Thursday announced the appointment of Anil Jayaraj as CEO – sports. He will be leading the media company’s foray into acquisition, broadcasting, and monetisation of sports properties.  In his most recent role, Jayaraj was with Star Sports as executive vice president responsible...

Television TV Channels Sports
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/16/photogrid_plus_1631795219946.jpg?itok=GZRkOweW
Colors Tamil extends popular fiction shows to Sundays

Mumbai: Regional GEC Colors Tamil has extended its popular fiction shows to all seven days of the week. Beginning 19 September, viewers will be able to watch shows such as "Bommi BABL", "Idhayathai Thirudathey", "Abhi Tailor", and "Sillunu Oru Kaadhal" from Monday to Sunday at new time slots. The ...

Television TV Channels Regional
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/16/photogrid_plus_1631777781960.jpg?itok=b95bb89F
Zee Biskope announces new season of 'Kamariya Kare Hip Hop'

Mumbai: Dance is a form of self-expression, creativity, and representation. In that spirit, Dance Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of every September. With the intent of spreading the contagious fever of dance, Zee Biskope is set to bring the second season of its much-awaited...

Television TV Channels Regional
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/16/photogrid_plus_1631773460818.jpg?itok=34bDyPWo
HistoryTV18 to narrate story of Narendra Modi Stadium

Mumbai: HistoryTV18’s latest documentary "Modern Marvel: World’s Largest Cricket Stadium" premiering on the 17 September at 9 p.m, is the amazing story of building cricket’s largest arena on the historic Motera ground in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad.  The brand new Narendra Modi Stadium, inaugurated by the...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/16/stv.jpg?itok=XYgvlQwp
Sansad TV launched, PM Modi calls it a new chapter in India’s democratic system

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched Sansad TV, highlighting it as another important chapter in India's parliamentary system. The channel has been created by merging Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV and will be led by retired IAS officer Ravi Capoor who was appointed as the chief...

Television TV Channels Viewership
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/16/harsh-goenka.jpg?itok=PR1oVZVO
RPG group chairman Harsh Goenka supports Zee TV’s Punit Goenka

The media has been full of cacophonic noise about the boardroom battle that is going on at Zee Entertainment Enterprises. Some investor groups have lauded the initiative by two of the company’s two main investors

Television TV Channels People
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/15/photogrid_plus_1631712395411.jpg?itok=JtI1gjoH
iTV Network onboards Anuraag Muskaan as news anchor

Mumbai: In a bid to bolster the coverage of primetime news, iTV Network has brought on board Anuraag Muskaan as host for its multi- format primetime news show "Jaagtey Raho". The show is slated to be broadcast on India News for 60 minutes and will be aired from Monday to Friday at 9 p.m.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/09/15/photogrid_plus_1631709346683.jpg?itok=N-qj-_wH
IPL 2021 set to welcome fans back to the stadiums

Mumbai: The Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 resumes on 19 September with the five-time champions and current title holders Mumbai Indians taking on three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.  The spectators will be allowed back to the stadiums...

Television TV Channels Sports

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required