Mumbai Police arrests CEO Of Republic Media
Today in the early morning Mumbai Police arrested Republic TV chief executive officer (CEO) Vikas Khanchandani in the alleged fake Television Rating Points (TRP) scam. He is the 13th person who has been arrested by the Mumbai Police in this case so far.
Khanchandani's arrest comes a week after the sessions court in Mumbai granted interim bail relief to Republic TV Chief Operating Officer (COO) Priya Mukharjee. The court said that Mukherjee can be released on bail bond of Rs 50,000.The Republic TV COO had filed a bail petition in the court in which she stated that the Mumbai Police apprehended "with a malaise intention of muzzling the journalistic freedom of both the petitioners and to send a message of chilling effect to thwart freedom of speech and expression".
The alleged fake TRP scam came to the limelight in October this year after the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), through a complaint by Hansa Research Group, alleged that certain TV channels were rigging TRP numbers.
Mumbai Police began its investigation and claimed that some families at whose houses metres were installed for collecting data of viewership were being bribed to tune into a particular channel to increase the viewership.