Recently, Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani, who was arrested in the TRP (Target Rating Point) manipulation case, received bail on a cash surety of Rs 50,000. The latest development in the case is that former Chief Operating Officer (COO) Of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), Romil Ramgarhia was arrested by Mumbai Police in connection with the alleged TRP rigging scam.
As per PTI report, Romil was arrested today (December 17) afternoon by a team of Mumbai Crime Branch. Apparently, this is the 14th arrest made in the case.
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A police official was quoted by PTI as saying, “During the probe, Ramgarhia’s alleged involvement in the case came to light, following which he was placed under arrest today. He would be produced before a local court.”
For the uninitiated, the police began a probe into the alleged scam after ratings agency BARC filed a complaint through Hansa Research Agency about rigging of TRP by some channels.
Apparently, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch has filed a 1,400-page chargesheet in the alleged fake TRP case. Six channels were named that included Republic Media Network and News Nation for allegedly paying money to boost TRPs for about two years. Crime Branch is investigating the role of Republic TV, Fakt Marathi, Box Cinema, News Nation, Mahamovies and Wow music channels in the scam.
(With PTI inputs)