The Crime Branch of Mumbai grilled Vikas Khanchandani the chief executive of Republic TV in the TRP rigging case. The source of the crime branch told Afternoon Voice that the CEO of Republic was not cooperating with cops. police said there will be no mercy shown to the culprits.
Niranjan Narayanaswamy, executive editor – news and journalist Abhishek Kapoor have been summoned by the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) at 12 noon on Wednesday, he said.
“Citing that the duo were in the loop of the facts that were put on air, they were summoned for questioning. Details of the documents were sought,” said an officer privy to the investigation.
The Mumbai Police commissioner said thousands of crores in advertising revenue depend on television rating points (TRPs) while addressing a press conference on Thursday.
Arnab started by launching a virulent attack on Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, after the latter announced at a press conference Thursday that Republic and two other channels were allegedly involved in a TRP fixing scam.
An angry Arnab attacked news channels, Sonia Gandhi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Mumbai Police.
Meanwhile, the channel extended their support to the two employees and tweeted, “Republic Media Network stands with our Executive Editor Niranjan Narayanaswamy & Senior Executive Editor Abhishek Kapoor. Republic stands wholly for the right of the media to report and protect its sources.”
However, the police have claimed that the Republic TV identified five households who were paid Rs 200 each for for keeping the channel running on their television sets in a bid to boost the channel’s TRP ratings. Mumbai police began a probe after Broadcast Audience Research council (BARC) filed a complaint through Hansa Research Group Alleging rigging of TRP number.
-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News