The investigation into the TRP rip-off by which, whereas all proof pointed in direction of India Right this moment, the Mumbai Police has been adamant in naming Republic TV, has not been with out its twists and turns. In one other fascinating flip, Arnab Goswami, the editor-in-chief of Republic TV made some startling revelations throughout his night debate.
On air, Arnab Goswami stated that he had info that the Mumbai Police Commissioner, Parambir Singh, had castigated reasonably rudely, one DCP who had informally informed some reporters that there was no proof discovered in opposition to Republic TV and Arnab Goswami within the TRP rip-off.
— Republic (@republic) October 16, 2020
He additional stated that the Mumbai Police Commissioner had made an inventory of the 4-5 prime advertisers of Republic TV and he was planning to summon the highest executives of those manufacturers to query them in reference to the TRP rip-off. This declare was reasonably plausible contemplating that means again on the eighth of October when Parambir Singh had named Republic TV in a press convention, although the FIR named India Right this moment, he had additionally talked about that he can be summoning the advertisers of Republic TV and asking them if that they had been duped or misled because of the Republic TV inflating its TRPs.
The primary declare of Arnab Goswami, nevertheless, was reasonably fascinating. He alleged that the police commissioner had screamed at one DCP who was concerned within the TRP rip-off investigation as a result of he basically couldn’t discover any incriminating proof in opposition to Republic TV.
OpIndia was informed by a supply, that the DCP who was being chastised by the Mumbai Police Commissioner was DCP Nandakumar Thakur. Curiously, DCP of Crime Department, Nandakumar Thakur, has now been transferred to the Site visitors Police Division solely 6 months after he was made the DCP of Crime Department.
What we all know in regards to the theatre of absurd that performed out, resulting in the switch of DCP Nandkumar Thakur
In keeping with a journalist supply who’s a first-hand witness, on the fifteenth of October, DCP Nandkumar Thakur was holding an off-the-cuff briefing with some journalists on the police headquarters. Through the casual assembly, he allegedly informed the journalists current that Republic TV was not an accused per se within the TRP rip-off case and that no incriminating proof had been discovered in opposition to them.
Inside 24 hours of that revelation, Thakur was unceremoniously shunted out from the Crime Department. Thakur had been posted on the Crime Department only in the near past and was a part of the staff that was investigating the cost of TRP manipulation that Parambir Singh had accused Republic with.
“He was speaking to all of us in his workplace on the Mumbai Police Headquarters,” stated a reporter who was current at Thursday, October fifteenth casual briefing. “It was as if he had dropped a bomb within the room. There have been 8-10 reporters there and for a number of seconds after he spoke there was pin-drop silence. After which there was an uproar. We requested him once more. And he confirmed a second time: Republic will not be an accused within the TRP rip-off.”
After this beautiful revelation by Thakur, that was allegedly made throughout this press briefing, the truth that he had considerably exonerated Republic TV in entrance of the reporters reached the ears of the Commissioner after which, the method of his shunting started.
The reporters had been allegedly informed by different senior officers that none of what was stated by Mr Thakur was true or reportable. The reporter within the know additionally stated that the Editors of their respective publications had been additionally knowledgeable to not report this story.
What DCP Thakur stated when OpIndia spoke to him about his ouster
OpIndia reached out to DCP Nandkumar Thakur and inquired about his switch. Whereas DCP admitted that he has been transferred from being the DCP of Crime Department, dealing with high-profile instances, to being the DCP of Mumbai visitors police division, the DCP stated that the details about him being shunted because of the TRP rip-off investigation is unfaithful.
When requested if he had held casual interplay with the journalists the place the TRP rip-off case was mentioned, Thakur refused to have participated in such an interplay. He even stated that his switch had nothing to do with the case and that he himself had requested for a switch after solely 6 months of being the DCP of Crime Department.
Whereas confirming that he had certainly been transferred to the visitors division when requested whether or not Republic TV is certainly an accused within the TRP rip-off case, sadly, the connection grew to become dangerous and his response was inaudible.
Since then, OpIndia has been unable to succeed in the DCP.
How Nandkumar Thakur had come to be the DCP of Crime Department – a battle between Shiv Sena and NCP
The saga of Mr Thakur goes proper again to July. In July, Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh had transferred 10 DCPs to numerous different departments. That order was promptly overturned by the CM of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray.
A Hindustan report says:
4 days after Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh’s order of transferring 10 deputy commissioner of police (DCPs) was overturned with fast impact by the Chief Minister’s Workplace (CMO), a recent record of transfers was issued by the house division on Friday, this time with approval from CMO.
It’s being stated that the recent shuffling of 9 DCPs, which incorporates three Indian police service (IPS) officers, was ready holding the CMO within the loop.
The earlier staying of DCPs’ switch order had indicated robust discontent among the many ruling companions — Congress and NCP — over a number of choices taken by Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities, led by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.
The Hindustan Occasions report additional stated that, “Within the recent record of transfers which is accepted by the CMO, many of the names and postings are from the identical record which was cancelled by the CM earlier. Just some DCPs have been given completely different posting”.
It was per this order by the Dwelling Minister (headed by NCP) that Nandkumar Thakur was moved to the crime department in July, whereas the crime department DCP Shahaji Umap has been transferred to particular branch-1.
For the reason that Hindustan Occasions report says that many of the names had been similar to the transfers made by Commissioner Parambir Singh, it may very well be protected to imagine that it was per the Commissioners needs that Thakur had been made the DCP of Crime Department. This want was then overturned by Uddhav Thackeray and reinstated by Dwelling Division.
Different high-profile instances that had been being dealt with by Thakur
Curiously, one other excessive profile case apart from the TRP rip-off case that was being investigated by Nandkumar Thakur was the social media ‘faux likes’ rip-off. In July, DCP Nandkumar Thakur had stated that whereas 25 celebrities had been recognized within the faux likes scandal, the police won’t be disclosing their names since it’d hamper their investigation.
It’s pertinent to say right here that singer Badshah was additionally interrogated by Nandkumar and it was reported within the media that he had stated that Badshah had confessed. “The singer confessed that he wished to set a world report for probably the most variety of views in 24 hours on YouTube. That’s the reason he paid Rs 72 lakhs to this firm”, Nandkumar had said.
Dwelling Minister Anil Deshmukh had taken a private interest within the case and stated that the Mumbai police will examine the matter. Arrests within the case had been additionally made.
The saga of the faux TRP rip-off and the curious case of Republic TV being implicated by Mumbai Police, whereas the criticism and FIR talked about India Right this moment
The TRP rip-off case investigation has been nothing wanting a Bollywood thriller, sarcastically. Whereas the Hansa Analysis report and the FIR filed on the idea of it named India Right this moment, in lower than 24 hours, Mumbai Police had seemingly made up its thoughts that Republic TV was the offender as a substitute and despatched a discover to BARC to accumulate their viewership knowledge. In 48 hours, Parambir Singh had held a press convention naming Republic TV and never even mentioning India Right this moment.
Later, the Hansa Analysis FIR, their report primarily based on which the FIR was filed and a witness assertion naming India Right this moment surfaced, placing the Mumbai Police and India Right this moment in a good spot.
After it was revealed that India Right this moment had earlier been implicated by BARC Disciplinary Council within the manipulation of viewership, the drama had reached its Zenith, or so it appeared.
Quickly, the witnesses, after being guarded by Mumbai Police carefully, informed the Justice of the Peace that it was Republic TV that had paid them.
In your complete suspicious chronology of the case the place Republic TV was being implicated, not a shred of proof, besides the inexplicably modified assertion by the witness, has surfaced in opposition to the channel run by Arnab Goswami within the public area. Whereas their CEO, CFO, journalists and Arnab Goswami himself proceed to be hounded by the Maharashtra coalition authorities and the state equipment, together with the Mumbai Police, it stays to be seen what number of extra twists and turns this case throws up.