NEW DELHI: Advocate Prashant Bhushan on Friday shared screenshots of purported leaked WhatsApp converstaions between Republic TV executive editor Arnab Goswami and Partho Dasgupta, former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) who is an accused in the TRP scam case.
“These are a few snapshots of the damning leaked WhatsApp chats between BARC CEO & #ArnabGoswami. They show many conspiracies & unprecedented access to power in this govt; gross abuse of his media & his position as power broker. In any Rule of law country, he would be in jail for long,” Bhushan said in a tweet with the screenshots of the purported conversation.
The TRP scam came to light in October last year when BARC filed a complaint through Hansa Research Group, alleging that certain television channels, including Republic TV, were rigging their TRP numbers.
According to Mumbai Police, Partho Dasgupta misused his official position and connived with accused, including Arnab Goswami, to manipulate TRP ratings and bring Republic TV to the number 1 position.
The police have also alleged that Goswami had paid huge sums to Dasgupta to rig the Republic TV TRP since its launch in 2017.
The Mumbai Police crime branch is probing the role of Republic TV, Fakt Marathi, Box Cinema, News Nation, Mahamovies and Wow music channel for inflating viewership figures. The channels are accused of paying money to households (where barometers were installed) for keeping the channels on.