On Saturday, a court in Mumbai granted bail to Republic Media Network’s Assistant Vice President Ghanshyam Singh, 25 days after Mumbai Police’s crime branch arrested him. Ghanshyam Singh was lodged at the Taloja Central Jail after his arrest from his residence at 7.40 am on November 10. Initially, he was remanded to police custody and later sent to Taloja jail. After his arrest shockingly, Ghanshyam was produced in court with a black cloth covering his face and paraded like a terrorist.
Earlier, the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) had asked Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh to appear before it at 11 am on November 27. This was connected with a complaint filed by advocate Aditya Mishra on the arrest of Ghanshyam Singh in the TRP scam probe. Mishra called upon the state human rights panel to know why they arrested Singh when the TRP case doesn’t name Republic TV. As a part of his complaint, he also quoted Hansa Research accusing the Mumbai Police of pressurizing its officials to implicate Republic TV.
Addressing a press briefing on October 8, Param Bir Singh accused Republic TV and two other channels of rigging TRPs by paying viewers to keep their channels on for more extended periods. But the FIR registered on October 6, 2020, made no mention of Republic TV, Republic Bharat, Republic World, or any affiliate of the Republic Media Network, instead of naming another channel.
The original complainant in the TRP case, Hansa Research, via a Writ Petition, has taken Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, API Sachin Vaze, and the state of Maharashtra to court alleging that the state machinery was coercing them to implicate Republic in the TRP case investigation. Tapes of alleged witness coercion by Mumbai Police in the TRP case had also emerged and were reported by OpIndia. The digital news platform has handed the copies of the tapes to the CBI.