MUMBAI: The Mumbai Police on Tuesday filed a cost sheet in a court docket right here within the alleged TRP (Tv Ranking Factors) rigging rip-off.
The cost sheet was submitted earlier than a Justice of the Peace’s court docket by the police’s Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU), which is conducting a probe into the case, an official stated.
The crime department has up to now arrested 12 individuals, together with Republic TV’s distribution head and homeowners of two different channels, in reference to the case, he stated.
The pretend TRP rip-off got here to mild final month when rankings company Broadcast Viewers Analysis Council (BARC) filed a criticism via Hansa Analysis Group, alleging that sure tv channels have been rigging TRP numbers.
Hansa had been tasked with putting in barometers, which document viewership knowledge (which channel has been watched and for the way lengthy) at pattern households.
TRP is essential as promoting income of channels depends upon it.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh final month claimed thatRepublic TVand two Marathi channelsBox CinemaandFakt Marathi- have been concerned in manipulating TRPs.
Republic TV and different accused have denied wrongdoing and manipulation of the TRP system.
Earlier, Republic TV’s Chief Govt Officer (CEO) and two Chief Working Officers (COO) and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) have been summoned by the police for questioning within the pretend TRP racket case.
The statements of Republic TV’s government editor Niranjan Narayanswamy and senior government editor Abhishek Kapoor have been additionally recorded by the police.
The Maharashtra authorities final month withdrew its “normal consent” given to the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe circumstances within the state, within the wake of the CBI taking on a case registered by Uttar Pradesh Police in opposition to “unknown” channels and individuals over alleged fudging of TRP.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) just lately filed a cash laundering criticism within the alleged TRP rigging rip-off being investigated by the Mumbai Police.
The central probe company has filed an enforcement case info report (ECIR) that’s equal to a police FIR below provisions of the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act, official sources stated final week.
The ED criticism was filed after learning a Mumbai Police FIR that was registered in October and it had named the Republic TV channel, two Marathi channels and few different people.