Mumbai: Republic TV’s CEO Vikash Khanchandani was arrested by the Mumbai crime branch on Sunday in connection with the TRP manipulation scam.
Quoting a police official, a report by Times of India said that they arrested Khanchandani early Sunday morning from his residence. They will be producing him before the holiday court on Sunday afternoon.
The report quoting police further said that Khanchandani, who is the 13th accused to be arrested in the case, is the beneficiary of the scam and he had knowledge of the crime.
Earlier, the sessions court had granted interim relief to Republic TV COO Priya Mukherjee, who had sought anticipatory bail.
The court directed Mukherjee to be “released on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 in case of an arrest and asked her to appear before the concerned police station once every week”.
Pertinent to mention that crime branch is probing the role of Republic TV, Fakt Marathi, Box Cinema, News Nation, Mahamovies and Wow music channels for inflating the viewership figures, a key parameter that media buying houses consider while placing advertisements.
The channels are accused of paying money to households (in those houses where barometers are installed) for keeping channels on and so far 12 persons have been arrested b y the police in this regard.