According to the network, Ghanshyam Singh, who heads Republic Media Network’s Western Region Distribution, has been questioned several times for over 30-40 hours by the Crime Branch unit in the alleged TRP case in the past few weeks and had been fully cooperating with the probe.
Even as Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami continues to remain behind the bars in connection with the Anvay Naik abetment to suicide case, another top official of the channel, distribution head Ghanshyam Singh was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the alleged Television Rating Point rigging scam.
According to Mumbai crime branch officials, Ghanshyam, who is also Assistant Vice President of the Republic Media Network, was picked up from his residence around 7.40 am.
According to the network, Ghanshyam has been questioned several times for over 30-40 hours by the Crime Branch unit in the alleged TRP case in the past few weeks and had been fully cooperating with the probe.
In a statement, Republic TV said: "Ghanshyam has been booked under frivolous sections in a fake TRP manipulation case, which itself doesn’t stand vis-a-vis the evidence. It is significant to reiterate that despite Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s October 8th news conference on the TRP matter, neither he nor the Mumbai Police has been able to present a single piece of hard evidence linking Republic Media Network to the TRP scam. Therefore, Ghanshyam’s arrest, like Arnab’s illegal arrest, is born out of prescripted vendetta instead of evidence and facts."
"Republic Media Network and the people recognise that all such acts of malice are aimed to throttle the network, its news coverage ability and thereby attempt to mow down any semblance of a free press in the state of Maharashtra. Coercive methods, illegal arrests, baseless detentions and overtly false cases will not stop Republic from doing its journalistic duty, or from fighting against this anarchy in the courts of law and courts of public opinion," the statement added.
Last Updated 10, Nov 2020, 1:01 PM