Hansa Research and Republic TV, two of the firms named by the police commissioner of Mumbai, Param Bir Singh, in the TRP case have responded.
While Praveen Nijhara, CEO, Hansa Research, stated that the agency had fired the employee because of the wrongdoing and is cooperating with the authorities, Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief, Republic TV, is looking to file a criminal defamation case against Singh.
Nijhara said, “This is with reference to the media reports regarding TRP ratings being manipulated. Hansa Research and BARC conducted an investigation into the matter over the last few weeks, the conclusion of which resulted in Hansa Research filing an FIR against an ex-employee who was engaged in some wrongdoing. Hansa Research has always been vigilant about these issues and has been proactive in informing BARC and the law enforcement agencies as and when such cases have come to our notice. We would continue to cooperate with BARC and with the authorities as and when called upon to do so.”
Goswami said, "Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh has made false allegations against Republic TV because we have questioned him in the Sushant Singh Rajput case investigation. Republic TV will file a criminal defamation case against Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh. There is not a single BARC report that mentions Republic TV. The people India know the trust. Mr Param Bir Singh's investigation in the Sushant Singh Rajput case is under a cloud and this is a desperate measure because of Republic TV's reportage on Palghar, the Sushant Singh Rajput case or any other case. This kind of targeting only strengthens the resolve of everoyne at Republic TV to push for the truth even harder. Param Bir Singh stands completely exposed today, since BARC has not mentioned Repubic in any single compaint. He should issue an official apology and get ready to face us in court."
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