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Fake TRP case: Mumbai Police names Arnab Goswami as accused

The alleged fake TRP scam came to light in October last year

arnab-goswami-arrest-ap TV news anchor Arnab Goswami sits inside a police vehicle after he was produced in a court following his arrest in Mumbai | AP

The Mumbai Police has named television journalist Arnab Goswami as an accused in the alleged TRP (Television Rating Points) rigging scam in its second chargesheet filed before a court on Tuesday.

The chargesheet was submitted before a magistrate's court by the police's Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) probing the case.

"Among others, Goswami and ARG Outlier have been named as accused in the chargesheet," lawyer of Goswami, the editor-in-chief of Republic TV, said.

The alleged fake TRP scam came to light in October last year when the rating agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a complaint through Hansa Research Group (HRG), alleging that certain television channels were rigging TRP numbers.

Partho Dasgupta, the former CEO of the BARC, is an accused in the fake TRP scam, and is currently out on bail.

Dasgupta is accused of misusing his official position and conniving with ARG Outlier Media, the company that runs all Republic TV channels, and with Goswami to manipulate TRPs.

He was arrested by the crime branch of the Mumbai Police on December 24 last year.

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