On Tuesday, Senior Advocate Ashok Mundargi on the behalf of Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami submitted before the Bombay High Court that the FIR and Chargesheet filed by Mumbai police in Television Rating Points (TRP) manipulation case was solely intended to target his client for his earlier reportage against state government.
He also argued that the information pertaining to TRP manipulation was received by Mumbai Police including API Sachin Waze in June 2020.However, Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh revealed details of the alleged fraud naming Republic TV channel as suspect in October, 2020, almost four months later.
A division bench led by Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale were hearing petitions filed by ARG Outlier Media Private Limited, a parent company of Republic TV and Goswami challenging the Mumbai Police’s investigation into the TRP Scam.
Mundargi also argued that, “Showing people [Republic TV & its employees only] as suspects is not that innocent an act as the prosecution would like to show before the court”.”Target is petitioner Goswami and none else. His plea is maintainable.
As they have referred to ARG Outlier Media and people connected with it including chalak-malak (operator and owner) in chargesheet but have deliberately not named him so that the investigation can be open ended and people connected with the channel can be harassed, “Mundargi argued.
The court adjourned the matter for tuesday i.e. March 23rd.