Mumbai: The alleged TRP manipulation case takes a sensational twist, the Hansa Research Group Private Ltd, the original complainant in the case has filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court against Senior officer Sachin Vaze, Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and the state of Maharashtra. This comes after Hansa Group had issued a statement last Friday, completely busting the factually flawed and fake narrative of a ‘money trail’ between Republic TV & Hansa Research as floated by Param Bir Singh-led Mumbai Police in its witch-hunt. The absence of this money trail was later also ratified by an independent auditor.
In its petition, Hansa Research Group has said that Encounter Cop Sachin Vaze was threatening Hansa members to implicate Republic TV, adding details of how its members had to go undergo illegal detention of not categorically identifying report shown on Republic TV as a fake one. The Hansa Group has also alleged that the Promoter-director of the companies was threatened with arrest on October 26.
The Hansa Group has also approached the Home Secretary, DGP, JCP and others in the Maharashtra Government to stop the harassment of its personnel, the petition states. The Hansa Group accusing Mumbai Police of bias and prejudice has stated that they seek to restrain Sachin Vaze from resorting to illegal methods in treating the petitioner – i.e. The Hansa Group. It seeks that the court ensures the cops follow due procedure.
With Hansa Vision putting out a statement with the full facts and audit report, the lies of Param Bir Singh and the Mumbai Police were exposed.
The Hansa Vision statement said, “Hansa Vision, emphatically rejects the allegation of any illegal transaction between Republic TV and itself. On the specific request of Hansa Vision, its statutory Auditor Guru & Ram LLP has certified the accounts and certified the normal routine business transactions entered by Hansa Vision & ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd and that that there are no other transactions with them. It was further clarified by them that Hansa Vision has not been a recipient of any money from Republic TV.”
On October 8, the Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had said in a press briefing that the police had busted a racket in alleged manipulation of Television Rating Points (TRP), which involved bribing people to watch Republic TV channel and two small Marathi TV channels – Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema.
Singh had said that the police had received complaints from BARC India (Viewership Measurement Agency) and Hansa– one of the vendors of BARC – about “suspicious trends” and activities. Subsequently a number of arrests have been made.