Republic TV paid us to rig TRP viewership, witnesses state before the magistrate

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Republic TV paid us to rig TRP viewership, witnesses state before the magistrate

Involvement of the channel in the TRP Viewership Scam disclosed by 3 witnesses

Tuesday, 20th October 2020

Mumbai police officials investigating into the recent TRP Scam that there are four people who have given their statements in the presence of a magistrate about how two famed TV Channels had directly paid them for keep their channels on up to a specific duration in order to increase their viewership stats.


Their statements were recorded by the magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC. Under this section statements of witnesses may be recorded in the presence of a metropolitan magistrate or a judicial magistrate.These four people will function as witnesses against those channels in the police case pertaining to the above mentioned scam.


Parambir Singh, police commissioner; Mumbai has further explained that of the four, three have named Republic TV of Arnab Goswami in their statement while the fourth one has named Box Cinema. However, Parambir Singh did not want to disclose much on this as, he believes that elaboration at this vital stage may interfere with the probe.


Republic TV, Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema are being probed by the Mumbai Police’s crime branch on the charges of alleged viewership rigging.


The statements were made by the witnesses under Section 164 of the CrPC, which deals with recording and confession of statements by a metropolitan magistrate or judicial magistrate during the course of investigation, police said. The magistrate records the statements only after he is convinced that they are being made voluntarily. Police officers said that now it could not be alleged that the cops had extracted these confessions from the witnesses.


Out of the arrested five people, three people, including an ex employee of the Hansa Research, have disclosed to the police that they too were involved in the racket, and were making the payments to the various households.

In the context of the statements and the confessions made: “These confessions will make our case stronger.”


Meanwhile, Sachin Waze, assistant inspector recorded the statement of Abhishek Kapoor, executive editor of Republic TV on Thursday for near about 3 hours. On Wednesday, the statements of Niranjan Narayanswamy, another executive editor of the Republic TV were recorded.


Kapoor was further quizzed about the telecast of a particular document (purportedly the copy of the FIR related to the TRP scam) on the 10th of October. According to sources the duo was not ready to speak up on this.



Source: Times of India

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