Bombay HC grants bail to Partho Dasgupta in TRP adjustment scam

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday gave bail to Partho Dasgupta, previous chief executive of Broadcast Audience Research Study Council in the supposed television score points (TRP) control scam.

Justice PD Naik approved Dasgupta bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and solvent sureties. In an oral order, the Court allowed depositing of provisional cash bail right away and Dasgupta will need to provide solvent surety certificates within six weeks.

The Bombay High Court had actually scheduled its order on February 16 on a plea by previous Broadcast Audience Research study Council (BARC) Ceo (CEO) Partho Dasgupta seeking bail on medical grounds along with the benefits of the case.Dasgupta will need to deposit his passport and will need to report to the criminal offense branch, Mumbai Police on the first Saturday of each month for six months and afterwards once in three months. Also, the court has actually directed him to cooperate with the investigation in the case.Dasgupta was jailed in the television rating points (TRP) scam case and is in Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai. He is accused of misusing his main position and conniving with ARG Outlier Media, and its promoter Arnab Goswami to supposedly manipulate the TRP in favour of the Republic TV Earlier, opposing Dasgupta’s bail plea, Unique Public Prosecutor Shishir Hiray, representing Mumbai Cops argued that the contents of the WhatsApp chats recuperated from his cellphone proved that he was really near some news channels and had masterminded the TRP (Television Score Point) adjustment.”We have taken all steps to examine the case even when he was in judicial custody. We have likewise offered him a survey, but he (Dasgupta) is not addressing even the simplest of the questions. There are abundant chats which have to be investigated,” argued Hiray.The counsel for Mumbai Authorities also argued that the post of handling director and CEO was comparable in regards to authority and for that reason Dasgupta could not conceal behind the argument that his powers as CEO were limited and he had no role to play in manipulating the TRP.”The post in which Dasgupta was designated was of obligation and belonged to an only organisation associated with measuring TRP rankings and he had actually misused it to benefit some channels,” argued Hirey.Countering this, Abad Ponda, senior counsel, who stood for Dasgupta, argued that because the trial would not begin soon, keeping him behind bars would have an unfavorable impact on his health as he struggles with various ailments. He further said that while all the implicated in the TRP case were out on bail or pre-arrest bail and in spite of the charge sheet being filed on January 11, 2020, which revealed the examination was finished, Dasgupta was still behind bars.Dasgupta was detained by the criminal offense branch of the Mumbai Police on December 24 last year. He is accused of misusing his main position to control TRPs.At that time of declining bail plea on January 20, sessions court judge MA Bhosale taped in his order that though other implicated persons were out on bail, Dasgupta’s custodial interrogation was required because as per the case documents, he seemed to be the ‘mastermind’ of the case.The Mumbai Cops in its charge sheet has mentioned that Republic TELEVISION, Fakt Marathi News Country, Maha Motion Picture and Box Movie theater have allegedly controlled TRP by bribing specific families to increase the viewership of their channels and programs.

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