MUMBAI: The Mumbai police have began scrutinising the monetary transactions of 5 channels, which had been allegedly concerned in pretend Tv Rankings Factors (TRP) rip-off, an official mentioned on Thursday.
The monetary transactions that befell within the final 5 years are being examined, he mentioned.
“The Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the Mumbai crime department has began the method of scrutinising the monetary transactions of those 5 channels that occurred within the final 5 years,” the official mentioned.
It’s going to additionally look at their income sources, he mentioned.
“Through the investigation carried out to this point, it has been noticed that there was a sudden spike within the variety of transactions,” he mentioned, with out giving any additional particulars.
The police may also slap sections associated to forgery within the case, together with IPC sections 408, 463, 465 and 468, he mentioned.
In the meantime, the police recorded the assertion of CFO of the Republic TV channel S Sundaram on Thursday and he’ll once more be referred to as on Friday, the official mentioned.
Government editor of the channel Niranjan Narayanswamy may also be referred to as for questioning once more, he mentioned.
The probe crew has recorded the assertion of Republic TV’s distribution head Ghanshyam Singh within the case, he mentioned.
The alleged pretend TRP rip-off got here to gentle when rankings company Broadcast Viewers Analysis Council (BARC) filed a grievance with the police by way of Hansa Analysis Group, alleging that sure channels had been rigging TRP numbers to lure advertisers.
It was alleged that some households at whose homes meters for amassing knowledge of viewership had been put in had been being bribed to tune into a specific channel.