Shirish Pattanshetty owner of the Fakt Marathi channel,was given bail by a Mumbai Court, in the fake TRP Case. Additional Sessions Judge PR Sitre has granted bail to Pattanshetty on a bond of Rs 50,000.
The petitioner lawyer argued in the court that his client did not manipulate the TRP nor did it increase the TRP of the Marathi channel. He said that the revenue of the channel also did not increase during the relevant period. He alleged that his client was implicated in this action.
The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), through the Hansa Research Group, had complained to the Mumbai Police that some channels were manipulating the TRP to attract advertisers. It was alleged that people who have meters installed to collect viewership figures were paid to watch the respective channels. In this case, the names of Fakt Marathi, Box Cinema and Republic TV came up. So far, 11 people have been arrested in the case of fake TRPs.