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Republic TV among three channels probed for fake ratings: Mumbai Police Republic TV
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Republic TV among three channels probed for fake ratings: Mumbai Police

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 08 Oct 2020, 06:47 pm

Mumbai/IBNS: The Mumbai Police on Thursday said Republic TV is among the three channels which have been investigated for rigging ratings, spreading fake narratives and gaining ad revenues, media reports said.

Two persons have already been arrested.

Among the arrested, one is a former employee of an agency that had installed "people's meters" in homes to assess ratings.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said officials of Republic TV, which claims to be the number one news channel in terms of TRP, will be summoned on Thursday or Friday.

"The biggest name to emerge is Republic TV. The directors and promoters of Republic TV are being investigated for ratings fraud," Singh said as quoted by NDTV.

Singh also said the bank accounts of the channel will be probed.

The accounts of the channels would be seized if any criminal activity was found, stated the Police Commissioner.

Rubbishing the allegations, Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami said he will file a criminal defamation case against Singh.

Goswami has also accused Singh of making false allegations against his channel as Republic TV had questioned Mumbai Police's role in the probe into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.