The Mumbai police on Monday arrested yet another particular person in reference to the TRP manipulation racket, taking the variety of these in custody in
the case to 5, official stated. Vinay Tripathi, a former employee of Hansa Research company, was arrested from Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh by the
Mumbai police’s Crime Branch, they stated.
He earlier labored as a relationship supervisor at Hansa Research, they stated. Meanwhile, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hansa Pravin Nizara and the corporate’s deputy supervisor Nitin Deokar have been questioned on Monday by the Crime Branch in reference to the alleged scam, the officers stated.
Chief Financial officer (CFO) of Republic TV Shivam Sundaram is prone to seem earlier than the Crime Branch on Tuesday, they stated. According to the officers, Tripathi is the one who used to pay cash to observe some chosen channel to arrested accused Vishal Bhandari.
Tripathis identify was talked about within the remand copy of Bhandari, they stated. Tripathi will likely be dropped at Mumbai on a transit remand, the officers stated.
Distribution head of Republic TV Ghanshyam Singh was questioned for seven hours in Daman earlier, the officers added.
Police had issued summonses to Republic TV’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Vikas Khanchandani and two Chief Operating Officers (COOs) for questioning within the case.
Khanchandani and COO Harsh Bhandari, who appeared earlier than the police on Sunday, have been questioned for 9 and 5 hours respectively, police stated. Another COO Priya Mukherjee is in Bengaluru and is but to look earlier than the Crime Branch, the officers added.
Republic TV on Sunday stated it won’t succumb to any efforts to curtail editorial freedom, after its CEO and COO have been questioned by the Mumbai police in reference to the case.
The faux TRP scam got here to gentle when rankings company Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a grievance by means of Hansa Research Group, alleging that sure tv channels have been rigging TRP numbers. Hansa is considered one of BARCs distributors on engagement with panel houses or individuals’s meters.
Last week, Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh had claimed that Republic TV and two Marathi channels – Box Cinema and Fakt Marathi — had manipulated TRPs.
Republic TV has rubbished Singh’s claims. The police had earlier arrested 4 individuals, together with the house owners of Box Cinema and Fakt Marathi.
They are in police custody until Tuesday.