TRP scam: CEO of Republic TV in judicial custody India News

MUMBAI: Vikas Khanchandani, CEO of Republic TV arrested in TRP manipulation scam, was produced in front of the court on Tuesday and sent to judicial custody for 14 days. The bail plea will be heard on Wednesday.
He was sent to Taloja Prison. “Among the reasons for bail, I cited that his arrest is an abuse of power and abuse of justice. He is neither named in the FIR, nor in the indictment “, said his lawyer Niteen Pradhan.

Meanwhile, during S Sundaram’s bail bond hearing, ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd’s chief financial officer said the prosecutor’s office said no coercive action would be taken until December 21, when the matter is scheduled to return for questioning.

Khanchandani was arrested on Sunday. At the time of his arrest, his early bail was pending before the court. Pradhan said that even the court hearings questioned the urgency of the investigating agency in his arrest, when his pre-arrest arrest plea was to be heard on Monday.

Police on Tuesday recorded the statements of six cable operators as part of the probe. “I asked them to appear before investigators on Wednesday and bring certain documents,” said an officer. Mumbai police are investigating the role of six channels – Republic TV, Fakt Marathi, Box Cinema, News Nation, The Mahamovies Channel and Wow – for inflating viewership figures, which media-buying houses consider before placing ads. The channels are accused of paying money to households to maintain their programs.

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