Up to date: December 16, 2020 8:26:55 pm
A Justice of the Peace court docket in Mumbai on Wednesday granted bail to Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani, arrested within the TRP fraud case. Khanchandani, who was arrested on Sunday, was granted bail on money surety of Rs 50,000 by the Chief Metropolitan Justice of the Peace at Esplanade in Mumbai.
This got here after classes court docket Decide D E Kothalikar on December 14 made observations whereas listening to Republic TV CFO S Sundaram’s anticipatory bail plea apprehending his arrest by Mumbai Police.
The classes court docket took exception over the haste during which Mumbai Police arrested Khanchandani and expressed displeasure over the style during which the police selected to arrest him a day earlier than his plea for anticipatory bail was scheduled for listening to. “What was the urgency to arrest him like this a day earlier than, when the applying was sub-judice?” the choose had requested Particular Public Prosecutor Sishir Hirey.
Mumbai Police’s Crime Department on Sunday had arrested Khanchandani within the TRP case, taking the entire variety of arrests to 13. The Mumbai metropolitan Justice of the Peace court docket later remanded Khanchandani in police custody for 2 days. Khanchandani on Tuesday was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.
The investigators had alleged that Khanchandani was a part of an inside WhatsApp group during which discussions on Logical Channel Quantity (LCN) would happen.
LCN is an identification quantity assigned to a TV channel, and the allegations in opposition to the Republic TV CEO are that it allegedly used twin LCN, which allowed it to indicate up within the style of ‘youngsters channels’, other than the ‘information channels’ class, thus exhibiting up at two locations. Investigators have claimed that Khanchandani knew about these alleged LCN manipulations.
The Particular Investigation Crew (SIT) of Mumbai Police advised the court docket that it wished to query Khanchandani to know alleged funds made to multi-system operators and cable operators to spice up TRP scores.
In the meantime, Mumbai Police on Tuesday assured the classes court docket that it’s going to not arrest Sundaram within the case until December 21.
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