Prime News, National (Mumbai), October 9:- Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of Republic Media Network, and his wife Samyabrata Ray Goswami are soon expected to be questioned by Mumbai Police in connection with the alleged TV rating fraud.
Mumbai police on Thursday said that promoters and directors of Republic TV will be probed in the scam involving manipulation of Television Rating Points (TRP). They will be summoned either today or tomorrow, Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said.
Arnab is the sole promoter and Chairman of the board of the Republic Media Network (RMN). Republic TV’s parent ARG Outlier Media Private Limited has two directors – Samyabrata Ray Goswami and Arnab Ranjan Goswami.
Arnab and his entities control 80.8 per cent of ARG. Its authorised share capital is Rs 50 lakh and the total paid-up capital stands at Rs 29.93 lakh. The remaining stake is held by Asianet (16.38 per cent) and four Kolkata-based entities RPG Power, Anant Udyog, Purvanchal Leasing and Dynamic Storage. Republic TV claims the highest TRPs among news channels in the country.
The city cops claim to have busted the TRP manipulation racket involving Republic TV and two Marathi channels – Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema. The owners of Marathi channels have already been arrested, police said.
Hitting back at the Mumbai Police, Republic TV’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami said it was an attempt to target the channel for its coverage of the Maharashtra government.
Threatening to slap a criminal defamation case against Singh, he accused the police chief of making “false allegations” against the Republic TV because the channel had questioned him in the investigations of the Sushant Singh Rajput case.
“Param Bir Singh’s investigation in the Sushant Singh Rajput case is under a cloud and this is a desperate measure because of Republic TV’s reportage on Palghar, the Sushant Singh Rajput case or any other case. This kind of targeting only strengthens the resolve of everyone at Republic TV to push for the truth even harder,” Goswami added.
“Param Bir Singh stands completely exposed today since BARC has not mentioned Republic in any single complaint. He should issue an official apology and get ready to face us in court,” said the channel. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).