Updated 14th October 2020 | 11:00 IST
The Mumbai crime branch on Sunday issued summons to 5 more people in reference to the TRP manipulation case. Those summoned include Republic TV Chief military officer (CEO) Vikar Khanchandani and two Chief Operating Officers (COOs). The media house has also approached the Supreme Court in reference to the continued probe and therefore the petition is probably going to be heard during a week, the officials are told
Those summoned by the crime branch are asked to return for recording their statement next week.
the CFO of Republic TV earlier summoned for questioning. However, he didn’t happen to state the media house had approached the apex court seeking relief. The CFO also informed the police that since the Supreme Court (SC) could hear the matter during a week, the method of recording his statement should be delayed until then.
Apart from Singh, the crime branch recorded the statement of Sam Balsara of Madison World & Madison Communications. The probe into the alleged TRP manipulation began after the printed Audience Research Council (BARC) approached the police and filed a complaint with them.
The Mumbai crime branch is probing into the alleged manipulation within the TRPs by soliciting and paying certain viewers for watching the said news channels around the clock. The police stated Republic TV, Fakt Marathi, and Box Cinema were found to be manipulating the TRPs.
The police made four arrests within the case to date, which include the owners of Fakta Marathi and Box Cinema on Thursday and have secured their custody for further investigation within the case. The police have filed a case as per the provisions of the Indian legal code and therefore the Information Technology Act and further probe are underway.