PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Mumbai, Jan 20: A sessions court in Mumbai Wednesday rejected the bail application of former CEO of ratings agency BARC, Partho Dasgupta, an accused in the alleged fake Television Ratings Point (TRP) case.
Dasgupta was arrested by the Mumbai crime branch from Ptme district last month. A magistrate court had earlier rejected his bail plea, observing that he played a vital role in the scam.
Opposing Dasgupta’s ball ap-plication in the sessions court, special public prosecutor Shishir Hiray submitted that although the charge-sheet in the case has been filed, there still are multi-ple things which need to be in-vestigated.
He argued that Dasgupta is a key person and holds sizeable control over the entire system, hence his release will amount to tampering with the prosecution witnesses, who work under him. The special public prosecutor also drew the court’s attention to-wards the purported WhatsApp chat between Dasgupta and Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami.
“We have shown to the court the WhatsApp chat regarding the TRPs in which Dasgupta prom-ised to take down some other chan—nels and put Arnab’s channel on the higher position,” he said.