TRP manipulation racket busted, four held

Mumbai, October 8

The Mumbai Police on Thursday claimed to have busted a Television Rating Point (TRP) manipulation racket, adding that four persons have been arrested in this case.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said Republic TV channel, facing flak over its attack on the Mumbai Police and Maharashtra Government in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, was also involved in the “false TRP” racket.

The Mumbai Police crime branch, which unearthed the TRP racket, has arrested two persons, owners of two Marathi channels, for manipulating viewership ratings, Singh said.

Another police official said two former employees of Hansa agency, involved in the process to determine the TRPs, have also been arrested.

The arrests were made under Sections 409 and 420 of IPC, he added.

Meanwhile, Republic TV rubbished Singh’s claims.

Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief of the channel, said the Mumbai police chief made false claims against Republic TV as the channel had questioned him in the Sushant case. — PTI

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