Meanwhile, the police, “in an attempt to obtain clarity,” have sought a report from the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) on its findings on TV channel India Today after one of many arrested accused alleged he had rigged its viewership. Four accused have been arrested within the case to this point.
Police mentioned they needed to clear the doubts raised on TRP manipulation by India Today. Police, citing statements of a witness, Tejal Solanki, and some others had talked about this side in each the FIR and the remand software filed in court docket searching for custody of two of the accused. Police mentioned they haven’t discovered any substantial proof towards the channel. “We have asked the BARC to give their findings on India Today, which will clear all doubts,” mentioned an official probing the case. The remand software had famous that Solanki and some others mentioned arrested accused Vishal Bhandari had requested them to maintain India Today channel on for at the least two hours. “However, Solanki’s package never included India Today,” an officer mentioned.
Bhandari was the connection supervisor of Hansa Research, a agency contracted by BARC to put viewers measurement instruments or individuals meters to observe TV channels which can be watched in households. Police are additionally searching for Dinesh Wishvakarma and Vinay Tripathy, each former workers of Hansa.
In the petition in SC filed on Saturday, Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Republic TV sought a keep on investigations. He additionally sought orders to restrain police from taking any coercive motion towards him and to switch the probe exterior Maharashtra. The petition alleges a “politically motivated’’ attempt to “falsely implicate” him.
Police maintained there was no affirmation a couple of petition being filed in SC and no instructions have been issued. Terming Republic TV’s plea an “unconfirmed petition,” police requested Sundaram to look on Sunday together with three others — Republic TV Group CEO Vikas Khanchandani and two chief working officers, Priya Mukharjee (sic) and Hersh Bhandari.
Mumbai police chief Parambir Singh instructed TOI over telephone on Saturday, “Our investigations have been professional with correspondence with independent agencies. We will give a proper reply in court.’’ The state, through advocate Sachin Patil, has filed a caveat to ensure it is heard before any orders are passed by court.
Meanwhile, police teams have gone to six states to carry out the probe. “Some other suspects did operate from Maharashtra but their current location is showing in other states. Our teams have gone to trace them,” mentioned an officer.
On the questioning of heads of two media-buying companies, an officer mentioned, “We asked them to provide records of two years’ TV advertisements from various companies, the revenue generated, advertisements given to different channels and the criteria that decide distribution of advertisements. They said the ads were released based on the channels’ TRP.”