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Former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta’s key role in TRP scam: Adalat

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TRP Scam: According to the court order, Dasgupta was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BARC from June 2013 to November 2019. The court remarked that the evidence submitted by the investigating officer showed that Dasgupta manipulated the TRP ratings for certain channels using the post of BARC CEO.

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  • Last Updated:January 7, 2021, 12:28 AM IST

Mumbai. The Mumbai court dismissed the bail plea of ​​former Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) CEO Partho Dasgupta, stating that he had an ‘important role’ in the alleged Television Rating Point (TRP) scam. The court passed the order on January 4 and its copy became available on Wednesday. The Mumbai Police arrested Dasgupta last month.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sudhir Bhajipale on Monday dismissed Dasgupta’s bail plea. The magistrate said in the order that whatever documents have been presented, it appears that the accused was involved in the alleged crime. He said in his order, “The present petitioner (Dasgupta) played an important role in the crime.”

Dasgupta was CEO of BARC from 2013 to 2019
According to the court order, Dasgupta was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BARC from June 2013 to November 2019. The court remarked that the evidence submitted by the investigating officer showed that Dasgupta used the position of CEO of BARC to manipulate the TRP ratings for certain channels. The judge said that the accused is the most influential person who has taken over as CEO. Worked on and other persons or accused are still being questioned. The court said, “Further investigation is required in such circumstances that the present accused needs to be kept away from the wanted accused and other material and witnesses”. The court was of the view that the release of Dasgupta was going on in the case Investigation will be interrupted.

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What is the whole matter?
It is noteworthy that along with other facts for bail, the bail granted to former chief operating officer of BARC, Romil Panagariya and others in the case was made the basis. The scam came to light when BARC lodged a complaint through Hansa Research Group that some channels were cheating in TRP numbers.



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