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Vikas is the second official of Republic TV to be arrested.
Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani, arrested in an alleged television rating point (TRP) scam, has been granted bail by the Esplanade Court in Mumbai. Khanchandani, who was arrested on Sunday, was in police custody till 15 December. Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh revealed the scam about two months ago. Apart from Republic, two Marathi channels Box Cinema and Faqat Marathi were also charged.
A total of 13 have been arrested so far including Vikas Khanchandani in the TRP fraud. On October 6, a case was registered by the Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch on the complaint of Hansa Research officer Nitin Devkar. In this case Ghanshyam Singh, assistant vice president and distribution head of Republic Media Network, has also been arrested. Vikas is the second official of Republic TV to be arrested.
The arrest was made after questioning twice
In this case, Khanchandani’s statement was recorded twice and his role was revealed during the questioning of Republic TV’s distribution head Ghanshyam Singh. An investigating officer associated with the case had said, “We have direct evidence against Khanchandani and have also found his link with the already arrested accused Ghanshyam Singh”.
Officers of Mumbai Police carrying Vikas Khanchandani after arrest.
Police got important clues from WhatsApp
Investigators had said that Khanchandani was part of an internal WhatsApp group in which LCN (logical channel number) was discussed. The crime branch had mentioned in the chargesheet presented in the court that the channel executives, along with cable operators and multi-system operators (multi-system operators), ran Republic TV on dual logical channel numbers (LCNs) or two frequencies, which Indian Violations of the guidelines of Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI).
What is TRP? Case?
The fake TRP manipulation scam surfaced in October, when a Hansa official filed a complaint with the Mumbai Police. After this, the owner of Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema was arrested. In November, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch filed a 1,400-page chargesheet in the alleged fake Television Rating Points (TRP) case that named six channels, including Republic Media Network and News Nation. It was reported that money was being given to increase TRP for almost two years.