The Mumbai Police on Tuesday filed a cost sheet in a courtroom within the alleged TRP (Television Rating Points) rigging rip-off.
The cost sheet was submitted earlier than a Justice of the Peace’s courtroom by the police’s Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU), which is conducting a probe into the case, an official stated.
The crime department has to this point arrested 12 individuals, together with Republic TV”s distribution head and homeowners of two different channels, in reference to the case, he stated.
The pretend TRP rip-off got here to gentle final month when score company Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a grievance via Hansa Research Group, alleging that sure tv channels have been rigging TRP numbers.
Hansa had been tasked with putting in barometers, which document viewership knowledge (which channel has been watched and for the way lengthy) at pattern households.
TRP is essential because the promoting income of channels will depend on it.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh final month claimed that Republic TVand two Marathi channels field CinemaandFakt Marathi- have been concerned in manipulating TRPs.
Republic TV and different accused have denied wrongdoing and manipulation of the TRP system.
Earlier, Republic TV’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and two Chief Operating Officers (COO) and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) have been summoned by the police for questioning within the pretend TRP racket case.
The statements of Republic TV’s govt editor Niranjan Narayanswamy and senior govt editor Abhishek Kapoor have been additionally recorded by the police.
The Maharashtra authorities final month withdrew its “general consent” given to the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe circumstances within the state, within the wake of the CBI taking on a case registered by Uttar Pradesh Police towards “unknown” channels and individuals over alleged fudging of TRP.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) just lately filed a cash laundering grievance within the alleged TRP rigging rip-off being investigated by the Mumbai Police.
The central probe company has filed an enforcement case info report (ECIR) that’s equal to a police FIR beneath provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, official sources stated final week.
The ED grievance was filed after learning a Mumbai Police FIR that was registered in October and it had named the Republic TV channel, two Marathi channels and few different people.