A staff led by API Sachin Waze recorded the statements of Praveen Nijhara, CEO of Hansa Research Group Pvt Ltd, and Hansa’s deputy common supervisor Nitin Deokar, who’s the complainant on this case. On Monday, statements of Republic TV group CEO Vikas Khanchandani and the channel’s distribution head Ghanshyam Singh have been additionally recorded for the second consecutive day. On Sunday, the police had questioned Khanchandani and Republic COO Hersh Bhandari in Mumbai, whereas Ghanshyam Singh had been questioned in Daman.
“One of the arrested accused, Vishal Bhandari, told us that he would receive money from Tripathi to distribute it among households who were asked to watch specific TV channels,” stated a Mumbai police officer. Police stated that Bompallirao Mistri has emerged as the important thing one that operated the racket on the insistance of TV channels. He used to function by means of Tripathi and Bhandari, police stated. Four extra individuals are underneath the scanner, police added. Republic TV, Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema are being probed for rigging the viewership.
Among the 4 folks arrested earlier have been heads of Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema. Police stated Tripathi labored with Hansa as relationship supervisor for 4 years and left the job in 2018 even earlier than Bhandari had joined Hansa as relationship supervisor. “In June this year, Hansa found some suspicious trend in the TRPs and conducted an internal inquiry. At this juncture, Tripathi left Mumbai for Uttar Pradesh. He was not employed with Hansa at the time of the agency’s internal inquiry,” the police officer stated. Tripathi’s name information data present he was in contact with Bhandari from November 2019 to March 2020.
A police staff comprising officers Santosh Kotwal, Riyaz Qazi, Prakash Howad, Nitin Londhe and Subhash Mutthe arrested Tripathi. He will likely be produced earlier than a Mirzapur court docket on Tuesday for transit remand and delivered to Mumbai.
Meanwhile, Republic TV chief monetary officer Shiva Sundaram has despatched a letter to Mumbai police stating that he would be a part of the investigation on Tuesday. Priya Mukherjee, the CEO of Republic TV, didn’t flip up on Monday citing well being points.
Police stated statements of 36 folks have been recorded to date, and 4 financial institution accounts of Box Cinema and Fakt Marathi have been frozen.