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‘Chargesheet in TRP case attempt to target Arnab’ | India News – Times of India

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MUMBAI: The chargesheet filed in the Television Ratings Points (TRP) rigging case is nothing but an attempt to target Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, submitted senior counsel Ashok Mundergi on Tuesday before Bombay high court.
Goswami’s counsel Mundergi also drew attention of the high court bench of Justices S S Shinde and Manish Pitale to the fact that the now suspended API Sachin Waze was in-charge of the probe. He alleged the first informant, Hansa Research group, was aware of the rigging since June 2020 and had been given the information by Waze and another officer.
But an FIR was registered on October 6, 2020 by Kandivli police station claiming police had received secret information from an employee of Hansa Research group.
Mundergi also said just two days after the FIR was lodged, the Mumbai police commissioner held a press conference claiming the involvement of Republic TV based allegedly on a report by Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC). The counsel said BARC had later clarified in writing that no such inquiry was on against Republic TV.
Referring to Waze, Mundergi said, “The officer is also very controversial. The officer is in the news and close to the party in power.”
Goswami and ARG Outlier, which owns Republic TV, had last year petitioned the HC to quash the FIR registered by Kandivli police in the TRP case. Neither are named in the FIR and, hence, their quashing petition is not maintainable is the state’s stand. But Mundergi argued that not naming him was also meant to defeat his rights. His plea is maintainable as the chargesheet has referred to the company as the “chalak-malak” (operator and owner), said the counsel, adding not naming Goswami is aimed at keeping investigation open-ended and to ensure that people connected with the channel can be harassed.
The HC is hearing the plea and Goswami’s counsel will continue his submissions on Wednesday. Goswami has also sought transfer of the TRP case probe to the CBI or any other independent agency.

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