* Maharashtra–No let up in Police Goof ups one after the other.
** Arnab Challenges the Mumbai Police Chief for giving a clean chit to India Today in less than 12 hours after announcing in a press conference that he would investigate the matter against India Today based on the FIR filed by Nitin Deokar, the Deputy General Manager of the Hansa Research Group Private Limited.
1. Hansa Research Group Private Limited is responsible for installing and maintaining the Bar-O-Meter of the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC).
1.1.Arrested by the Mumbai Police, Vishal Bhandari- the Relationship Manager of the Hansa Research Group Private Limited has revealed that India Today and other channels instigated him and offered money to panel homes.
1.2. Moreover, he revealed that a person named Vinay asked Bhandari in November 2019 to approach 5 homes and ask them to watch India Today daily for 2 hours.
2. In effect, the complaint over which Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had earlier on Thursday held a press conference and proceeded to claim he would investigate a TRP Scam had actually named India Today, and not Republic TV.
3. ARNAB’S CHALLENGE TO THE BOMBAY POLICE CHIEF
3.1.”How did you turn the story in 12 hours? Do a press conference and apologise and say it aloud that ‘I will file case against India Today’.
3.2.Would you do it? If you won’t do it, then why? He gave a clean chit to India Today.”
4. ABOUT THE CASE
4.1.As per the complainant, some persons try to increase the ratings by making panel homes watch certain channels against payment of money.
4.2.He added that a manipulative TRP rating causes several advertisers to part with huge sum of money to undeserving channels.
4.3. Moreover, Deokar revealed that a person named Vinay asked Bhandari in November 2019 to approach 5 homes and ask them to watch India Today daily for two hours.
4.4.As per Bhandari’s own confession to the BARC Vigilance team, Vinay paid him Rs.5000 as commission for distributing Rs.1000 among 5 panel homes.
4.5.An audit inquiry by BARC confirmed that 5 households were indeed bribed to watch India Today daily for minimum two hours from November 2019 to May 2020.
5.ARNAB DEMANDS THE RESIGNATION OF THE POLICE CHIEF
“He should resign. When the witness himself on tape is saying that India Today has paid them, then why haven’t they investigated them?,” asked Arnab Goswami.
Reference Link : https://www.republicworld.com/arnabs-desk/debate-highlights/will-param-bir-singh-do-it-arnab-goswami-dares-mumbai-cp-on-india-tod.html?fbclid=IwAR2WxKdh7mMS27raZpiSv7xRCQ-UpZMvESSfMh2k8x6OHPDALNDBeG20TZ8