The Mumbai police on Monday arrested yet one more 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 worker of Hansa Analysis company, was arrested from Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh by the
Mumbai police’s Crime Department, they stated.
He earlier labored as a relationship supervisor at Hansa Analysis, they stated. In the meantime, Chief Working Officer (COO) of Hansa Pravin Nizara and the corporate’s deputy supervisor Nitin Deokar had been questioned on Monday by the Crime Department in reference to the alleged rip-off, the officers stated.
Chief Monetary officer (CFO) of Republic TV Shivam Sundaram is more likely to seem earlier than the Crime Department on Tuesday, they stated. In accordance with the officers, Tripathi is the one who used to pay cash to look at some chosen channel to arrested accused Vishal Bhandari.
Tripathis title was talked about within the remand copy of Bhandari, they stated. Tripathi might 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 Govt Officer (CEO) Vikas Khanchandani and two Chief Working Officers (COOs) for questioning within the case.
Khanchandani and COO Harsh Bhandari, who appeared earlier than the police on Sunday, had been questioned for 9 and 5 hours respectively, police stated. One other COO Priya Mukherjee is in Bengaluru and is but to look earlier than the Crime Department, the officers added.
Republic TV on Sunday stated it is not going to succumb to any efforts to curtail editorial freedom, after its CEO and COO had been questioned by the Mumbai police in reference to the case.
The faux TRP rip-off got here to gentle when scores company Broadcast Viewers Analysis Council (BARC) filed a criticism via Hansa Analysis Group, alleging that sure tv channels had been rigging TRP numbers. Hansa is one in every of BARCs distributors on engagement with panel properties or individuals’s meters.
Final week, Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh had claimed that Republic TV and two Marathi channels – Field 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 Field Cinema and Fakt Marathi.
They’re in police custody until Tuesday.