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TRP scam | Mumbai court rejects bail plea of BARC's ex-CEO

Ex-CEO of BARC Partho Dasgupta. File   | Photo Credit: twitter.com/ @parthodasgupta

The City Civil and Sessions Court in Mumbai on Wednesday rejected a bail plea of former chief executive officer and managing director of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) Partho Dasgupta in the Television Rating Point (TRP) manipulation case.

 

He was arrested from Pune on December 24 and is currently lodged in the Taloja Central Jail.

 

Special Public Prosecutor Shishir Hiray opposed his bail on the grounds that Whatsapp chats have been leaked in which there were alleged conversations between him and the Prime Minister’s Office that went on to show that he was an influential person and could tamper with evidence and sway witnesses who were either former or current employees of the Council.

 

Mr. Hiray argued that the investigation was on and the police were in the process of filing an additional supplementary charge sheet in the matter and the first one had highlighted his prima facie involvement.

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Judge Milind Bhosale took into consideration the gravity of the offence and rejected his bail.

 

The supplementary charge sheet filed on January 11 mentioned that Mr. Dasgupta, along with chief operating officer of BARC Romil Ramgarhia, conspired to rig the data of random sampling of 40 weeks and misused their position to deceive the advertisers and people.

 

On January 4, the additional chief metropolitan magistrate rejected his bail.

 

To file plea before HC

Mr. Dasgupta’s lawyers said they would soon file a bail plea before the Bombay High Court .

 

He has been charged with sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust), 465 (punishment for forgery), 468, 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender), 204 (destruction of document or electronic record to prevent its production as evidence), 212 (harbouring offender) of the Indian Penal Code.

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