Former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta, accused within the TRP rip-off, admitted to ICU


Former CEO of BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) Partho Dasgupta, who’s accused within the alleged Television Ratings Point (TRP) rip-off, was admitted to the ICU ward of JJ hospital in Mumbai Friday night time. The police stated he had not taken his diabetes drugs which resulted in a spike in his sugar stage. He is steady now, the police added.
Dasgupta was arrested final month within the alleged TRP case following the arrest of BARC’s COO, Romil Ramagarhia, with allegations that the 2 have been a part of a coterie at BARC that had manipulated TRPs to indicate Republic TV as the highest channel in tv rankings.
On January 4, a Metropolitan Justice of the Peace court docket had rejected Dasgupta’s bail software. Seeking his bail, Dasgupta’s attorneys had submitted that it was not potential that he might have carried out the alleged manipulation, given that there have been techniques in place together with the board of administrators and inside committees at BARC. Police, nevertheless, opposed the plea stating that he was one among BARC’s high officers and the investigation was ongoing.
The Indian Express Saturday reported {that a} supplementary chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police on January 11 within the TRP rip-off case accommodates over 200 pages of purported WhatsApp conversations between Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami and Dasgupta, exhibiting their alleged proximity, with Goswami greater than as soon as providing to mediate on Dasgupta’s behalf with the political management, together with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), and claiming at one level, “All ministers are with us”.
In one of many chats, which return to July 2017, ‘Dasgupta’ sends ‘Goswami’ unique TRP knowledge. The police has alleged that Goswami paid Dasgupta cash in order to indicate the very best TRPs within the information section for the 2 Republic channels. While they declare proof to show this, it’s not a part of the chats connected to the supplementary chargesheet. The BARC calculates TRPs, on the idea of which commercial charges for TV channels are determined.
In the chats, the previous BARC CEO seems to be making an attempt to fend off complaints in opposition to the organisation by speaking of favours completed to the BJP, and Goswami apparently affords to assist by mediating with the PMO, ministers and different personalities, together with one ‘AS’. Among these named within the chats are former Minister of State Rajyavardhan Rathore.
Dasgupta’s association with Goswami goes again to the time when each labored at Times Now.