Hours after Mumbai Police released a massive number of WhatsApp messages between ex-BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta and Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami, Dasgupta was admitted to JJ Hospital in Mumbai.
As per the report by exchange4media, Dasgupta was admitted to JJ Hospital last night followed by a fall in his blood pressure and sugar levels in judicial custody.
Mumbai Police, on Friday, released a massive number of WhatsApp messages. Over 500 pages of chat messages purportedly between Arnab Goswami and Partho Dasgupta have now gone viral, with many calling this “damning evidence”.
The massive pdf begins with an intimation that this is a case filed with the Kandivali Police, and the transcript bears various signatures on each page. It begins in July 2019 and extends until mid-October the same year. It is not one chat. Going by the page headings, there are chats with Arnab Goswami, Vikas Aidem, the RRP Group, Romil Ramgaria and more in the one volume that FPJ accessed.
Towards the end of 2020, the Mumbai Police had begun probing an alleged TRP (Television Rating Point) scam. In a rather sensational announcement at the beginning of October, Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh had named Republic TV and two smaller TV channels – Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema – and said that confidential data was being misused for “wrongful gains by various TV channels”.
There have been several twists and turns to the tale in the ensuing months as the investigation continued. The names of other media organisations had cropped up even as Republic TV claimed that it was being maligned. Several people associated with the channel have been arrested, and recently former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta was denied bail. “We have found evidence on record through the investigation with Broadcasting Audience Research Council (BARC) against Republic TV and Arnab,” the Mumbai Police told the Bombay High Court recently.
Source: Free Press Journal