News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Updated Fri, 20 Nov 2020 6:12 PM IST
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ED files money laundering complaint in the alleged TRP rigging scam being investigated by Mumbai police: Official sources
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 20, 2020
Actually, under the Money Laundering Prevention Act, the ED does not require the consent of any state for investigation. The ED is apparently free to initiate an investigation into the fake TRP scam. The Mumbai Police is already investigating in this case and has arrested some people. However, the Mumbai Police is facing allegations of bias in the investigation. Official sources said on Friday that the Central Investigation Agency has filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECRR), which is similar to the police FIR. The ED registered the case after studying the FIR of the Mumbai Police filed in October.
Sources said that the ED will soon summon the officials and others of the news channels named in the police FIR and interrogate them and record their statements. In fact, the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) had filed a complaint through the Hansa Research Group alleging that some TV channels were tampering with the Television Rating Point (TRP).
The fake TRP scam came to light after Bark’s complaint. Police had alleged that some channels are offering bribes to increase TRPs so that their advertising revenue can increase. It is alleged that the houses where TRP measuring meters were installed were being bribed to keep one channel open. TRPs are very important for TV channels, as their advertising revenue depends on it.