The Mumbai Police on Wednesday advised the Bombay High Court that “some evidence” was discovered against Republic TV and its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami in the Television Rating Points (TRP) scam case, and subsequently, it didn’t need to proceed granting them any safety from any coercive motion.
However, because the excessive courtroom adjourned the matter with out listening to any arguments through the day, the police agreed to proceed its earlier assurance of not taking any coercive motion until January 15, the following date of listening to in the case.
The alleged fake TRP scam was unearthed final yr after the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a grievance alleging that sure tv channels had been rigging their TRP numbers, apparently to generate extra income from commercials.
On Wednesday, the HC adjourned the matter with out listening to any arguments after a Republic TV counsel advised the courtroom that senior advocate Harish Salve was unable to seem whereas the second senior lawyer was caught due to some medical emergency in household.
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At this level, Mumbai Police’s lawyer Kapil Sibal agreed to chorus from taking any coercive motion against the accused until the following date of listening to.
“We (Mumbai Police) have found evidence on record through investigation with BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) against Republic TV and Arnab Goswami. Milords may record my statement that I (police) do not wish to continue my statement. I (Police) have agreed (not to take any coercive action against the accused) because of this extreme emergency,” Mr. Sibal mentioned referring to the adjournment.
He additionally advised the HC that the police will submit a standing report of its probe in the case on the following date of listening to.
On December 16 final yr, Mr. Sibal had submitted in the HC that no coercive motion can be taken against Goswami or some other workers of ARG Outlier Media (AOM), which runs Republic TV, until January 6.
The AOM had approached the excessive courtroom final yr, searching for, amongst different issues, that the police be restrained from taking coercive motion against its workers.
During the listening to in December final yr, advocate Abad Ponda, who appeared for AOM, had learn out from the chargesheet to level out that the police had talked about in the chargesheet, the homeowners, managers, and associated individuals of Republic TV, as suspects in the case.
Mr. Ponda had mentioned that this might imply that the police might arrest anybody associated to the channel and that the identical constituted “gross illegality”.
The HC bench had then requested the state’s counsel to take directions from the police on no coercive motion against the staff until additional listening to.
AOM had filed a number of pleas and interim purposes in the HC urging it to switch the probe in the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation or some other impartial company.
It had additionally requested the HC to keep the continuing investigation and restrain the police from taking any coercive motion against the petitioners, their workers, or traders.