TRP Scam: SIT arrests former COO of BARC

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Published: December 18,2020 09:50 AM
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December 18, 2020: Mumbai Police on Thursday arrested former COO of the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) in connection with the alleged TRP rigging scam, an official said.

December 18, 2020: Mumbai Police on Thursday arrested former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) in connection with the alleged TRP (Television Rating Points) rigging scam, an official said.



Romil Ramgarhia, who was BARC's COO between 2014 and 2020, was apprehended from his residence in Antop Hill in Mumbai in the early hours of Thursday. He was formally placed under arrest in the afternoon by the Mumbai crime branch.



This is the fourteenth arrest made by the special investigation team (SIT) which is probing the case registered based on a complaint filed by BARC through Hansa Research Group.



After his arrest, Ramgarhia was produced before a metropolitan magistrate court here, which remanded him in police custody till December 19.



Police sought his custody saying they want to interrogate him in connection with the case and also need to retrieve electronic evidence from him.



The police official said, "During the probe, it came to light that Ramgarhia allegedly provided secret and confidential information to certain TV channels to help increase their TRP."



"The crime branch is also probing whether Ramgarhia made any financial gains by sharing such important information to certain channels to help them increase the TRP," the official said.


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