Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan has written a social media post. In this, he has shared screenshots of a WhatsApp chat. If these screenshots are real, then Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami may have more difficulties and the fake TRP scam may face a new twist.
In fact, the screenshots of Prashant Bhushan's WhatsApp chat on Friday were viral on social media. One of these names appears to be Arnab, while the other name is claimed to be Partho Dasgupta. Dasgupta was the CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council i.e. BARC from 2013 to 2019. He has been arrested in the fake TRP scam.
It is being claimed in social media posts that this conversation between Arnab and Dasgupta took place in 2019. It is being described as part of a 500-page WhatsApp chat with the Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police. However, the Mumbai Police have not confirmed these screenshots so far.
These are a few snapshots of the damning leaked WhatsApp chats between BARC CEO & #ArnabGoswami. They show many conspiracies&unprecedented access to power in this govt; gross abuse of his media&his position as power broker. In any Rule of law country, he would be in jail for long pic.twitter.com/6aGOR6BRQJ
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) January 15, 2021
Many people shared this on social media. The screenshots were posted on social media from some verified accounts.
Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair has shared a different screenshot, in which PDeeGeeA (possibly Partho Dasgupta) is saying in a conversation about TRP, 'Political game has started, ministers are being quoted'.
To this, Arnab's reply reads, 'All ministers are with us. Everything else is rubbish'.
"All Ministers with us"
'Alleged' leaked whatsapp chats of Arnab and ex BARC CEO pic.twitter.com/DxNeSdwxjM
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) January 15, 2021
The 1400-page chargesheet
Last year, it was revealed that some channels are manipulating TRP to earn more revenue through advertising. The Mumbai Police has submitted a 1400-page charge sheet in the magistrate court. It has names of 12 accused, including those associated with Republic TV. In the same case, in a hearing held in the Bombay High Court on 6 January, the Mumbai Police claimed that it had found some evidence against Republic TV and its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami.
The hearing was deferred till January 29 by the Bombay High Court. The case will be heard on 29 January. At the same time, the Mumbai Police says that it will not arrest Arnab Goswami till the next hearing.