The Esplanade court on Monday rejected the bail plea filed by former CEO and managing director of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Partho Dasgupta within the Television Rating Point (TRP) manipulation case.
He was arrested from Pune on December 24 and was despatched to police custody until December 28 after which to judicial custody for 14 days from December 30. Mr. Dasgupta, 55, is presently lodged on the Taloja Central Jail. He filed for bail citing he was not the “whole and sole of BARC and there were several directors and members above him.”
Special public prosecutor Shishir Hiray appeared earlier than the extra chief metropolitan Justice of the Peace and opposed his bail. He was counting on an impartial forensic audit report that had incriminating materials in opposition to Mr. Dasgupta. He additionally mentioned Mr. Dasgupta had violated a number of guidelines of BARC.
On October 8, Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had mentioned a TRP racket has been busted which includes Republic TV, Box Cinema and Fakt Marathi. He had mentioned the channels are manipulating TRPs and are concerned in distorting the system utilized by BARC to fee tv channels. A complete of 2,000 barometers are put in in Mumbai to observe TRPs and BARC has given confidential contract for monitoring these barometers.
A FIR has been registered in opposition to all accused like chief monetary officer S. Sundaram, head of the western area distribution Ghanshyam Singh, editor-in-chief of Republic TV Arnab Goswami, chief govt officer Vikas Khanchandani of ARG Outlier Private Limited. They have been charged with Sections 409 (prison breach of belief by public servant, or by banker, service provider or agent), 420 (dishonest and dishonestly inducing supply of property), 120 B (punishment of prison conspiracy), and 34 (Acts completed by a number of individuals in furtherance of frequent intention) of Indian Penal Code.