Republic TV to sue Mumbai Police chief for Rs 200 crore for ‘damage to reputation’ in TRP scam

Republic TV to sue Mumbai Police chief for Rs 200 crore for ‘damage to reputation’ in TRP scam

Republic TV on Monday said that it will sue Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh for Rs 200 crore for allegedly damaging its reputation by linking it to the Television Rating Points scam.The news channel added that it will file a contempt petition against Special Executive Magistrate and the Assistance Police Commissioner Sudhir Jambwadekar “on account of the fact that he initiated chapter proceedings with respect to the FIRs [first information reports] that have been suspended by the Bombay High Court,” it said in a statement. Republic TV’s announcement came hours after the Bombay High Court   noted that the channel’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami had not yet been arraigned as an accused in the FIR filed by the Mumbai Police. The court told the Mumbai Police that Goswami should be summoned if he has to be named as an accused in the case.Republic TV claimed that the court’s observation was a victory for it. “The Maharashtra Government’s admission in Bombay High Court today comes as a huge victory to Republic TV that has consistently maintained there was no malpractice by the Network,” it said. The channel also said that it was in the process of filing a defamation suit against Singh.Republic TV has repeatedly claimed that the summons to its top editors in the TRP scam were part of a ” desperate witch hunt” by Singh. They have also accused the police of pursuing an agenda against free press.On October 14, Republic TV’s Executive Editor Niranjan Narayanaswamy and Senior Executive Editor Abhishek Kapoor appeared before the crime branch of the Mumbai Police to record their statements in the case.The Mumbai Crime Branch said on October 12 that they had arrested a former Hansa Research employee named Vinay Tripathi from Uttar Pradesh. The officials said that he played a key role in the scam and had paid another accused to manipulate ratings. The police also recorded the statements of two senior officers from Hansa Research.The police have also arrested the owners of Box Cinema and Marathi channel Fakt Marathi, Shirish Shetty and Narayan Sharma.

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