Mumbai: Republic TV’s distribution head Ghanshyam Singh was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the alleged TRP (Television Rating Point) rigging scam, a Mumbai crime branch official said. Singh, who is also Assistant Vice President of the Republic Media Network, was picked up from his residence around 7.40 am, the official said. Also Read - Arnab Goswami’s Plea Against Privilege Notice Adjourned for Two weeks by SC
The latest arrest has taken the number of people held by the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the crime branch in the case to 12. Singh was earlier questioned on multiple occasions by the CIU, the official said. Also Read - ED Files Money Laundering Case in Fake TRP Scam Probed by Mumbai Police
The fake TRP scam came to light last month when ratings agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a complaint through Hansa Research Group, alleging that certain television channels were rigging TRP numbers. Also Read - #BoycottZomato Trends After Swara Bhasker Asks Company to Pull Out Ad From Republic TV
Hansa is one of BARC’s vendors on engagement with panel homes or people’s meters.