[BREAKING] In the TRP Scam, Mumbai Court rejected bail plea of former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta.

[BREAKING] In the TRP Scam, Mumbai Court rejected bail plea of former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta.

[BREAKING] In the TRP Scam, Mumbai Court rejected bail plea of former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta.

He was arrested by the Mumbai Police on December 24 for his alleged involvement in the TRP Scam.

Dasgupta was arrested by the Mumbai Police on December 24 for his alleged involvement in the TRP Scam. He was in police custody till December 31, after which he was remanded to judicial custody for two weeks.

A Mumbai Sessions Court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Partho Dasgupta in a case related to the Television Rating Points Scam (TRP Scam).

The Court had reserved orders on his bail plea yesterday.

Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Shishir Hirey had opposed the bail plea for the State, arguing that Dasgupta had misused his position as CEO of BARC for personal gain.

He added that Dasgupta’s conduct amounted to “tainting the sanctity of the post he held.”

The SPP also referred substantially to chats allegedly exchanged between Dasgupta and Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami. He contended that Goswami and Dasgupta had colluded to manipulate the TRPs of Republic TV channels.

In his rejoinder arguments, Advocate Shardul Singh, appearing for Dasgupta, informed the Court that his client’s health was fragile and it would deteriorate further leading to a diabetic coma if he continues to stay in jail.

Singh reiterated that the highest decision-making body at BARC was the board, and that Dasgupta was not a member of that board.

Replying to Hirey’s contention that Dasgupta had violated the sanctity of the post and of the organisation, Singh submitted that assuming this argument was correct, there were no complaints alleging cheating or criminal breach of trust by the employees or even the advertisers.

Singh reiterated that others accused were granted bail, and some were even granted anticipatory bail even though the investigation was supposedly at a “nascent” stage, and none of those orders were challenged.

Dasgupta had approached the Sessions Court after Chief Metropolitan Magistrate rejected his bail application, stating that he played a vital role in the TRP scam.

Dasgupta had refuted the allegations of the Mumbai Police that he had misused his position as CEO to manipulate TRPs and submitted that he had no control over the data as it was collected and provided by the Hansa Research Company.

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