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Fake TRP racket: Mumbai Police call Republic TV's CFO for questioning

Shiva Subramaniyam Sundaram, CFO of Republic TV, was asked to join the investigation on Saturday morning, he said

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Republic TV | Mumbai police | TV viewership fraud

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh
Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh addressing the media on Thursday | PTI

on Friday issued a summon to Republic TV's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in connection with the Television Rating Points (TRP) manipulation racket it is probing, an official said.

Shiva Subramaniyam Sundaram, CFO of Republic TV, was asked to join the investigation on Saturday morning, he said.

Besides him, the police also summoned accountants of Marathi channels 'Fakt Marathi' and 'Box Cinema' and those of a couple of advertising agencies, he said.

Milind Bharambe, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), confirmed that Republic TV's CFO has been called.

The summons to Sundaram said there are reasonable grounds to believe that he is "acquainted with certain facts and circumstances of the matter and the same are required to be ascertained".

He was asked to come to the city police's headquarters around 11 am, an official said.

The Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) of Mumbai Crime Branch is investigating the fake TRP racket.

On Thursday, the police arrested four persons including owners of Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema in the case.

Commissioner Param Bir Singh claimed that three channels including manipulated the TRP.

The racket came to light when BARC, an organization which measures TRP, filed a complaint in this regard through Hansa Research Group Pvt Ltd, the police said.

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First Published: Fri, October 09 2020. 22:24 IST
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