TRP scam: Partho Dasgupta, former BARC CEO, granted bail by Bombay HC
The applicant is permitted to execute provisional cash bail of Rs 2 lakh for a period of 6 weeks, said Justice PD Naik
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) CEO Partho Dasgupta, an accused in the Television Rating Points (TRP) rigging scam.
Justice PD Naik granted bail to Dasgupta (55) on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and two solvent sureties of the same amount.
The court permitted him to furnish temporary cash surety of the same amount for a period of six weeks, by which which he would have to submit the solvent sureties.
Dasgupta approached the High Court in January this year after a sessions court rejected his bail plea while noting that he
had played a vital role in the scam and was the alleged "mastermind".
Dasgupta was arrested on 24 December last year and is in jail since then.
He is accused of having misused his official position and conniving with ARG Outlier Media, the company that runs all Republic TV channels, and with Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, to manipulate TRPs. The news channel has denied any wrongdoing.
The material collected by the investigating officer shows that Dasgupta manipulated TRP for particular channels by using his office as the CEO of BARC, the court observed
The four-member committee will be headed by Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi S Vempati and the panel to submit its report to the I&B minister within two months
However, as the high court adjourned the matter without hearing any arguments during the day, the police agreed to continue its previous assurance of not taking any coercive action till 15 January