Tainted ex Mumbai cop Sachin Vaze has confessed to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday that he was asked to pursue the TRP case against Republic TV's Editor In Chief, Arnab Goswami by Maharashtra's ex home minister Anil Deshmukh.
In his statement, Sachin Vaze also revealed that in several high-profile cases he was repeatedly called by Deshmukh to his home and given detailed instructions on the action to be taken. Vaze, who is currently in Taloja jail, made these statements to the ED which is probing Deshmukh for alleged money laundering.
Earlier this year, Arnab Goswami's name was mentioned in the supplementary charge sheet submitted before a Magistrate court in Mumbai. The Mumbai Police has accused Goswami of manipulating TRPs thereby presenting inflated numbers for Republic TV. Incidentally, the first FIR filed in this regard did not include the name of the controversial journalist in it.
The charge sheet accuses Goswami among others of the following offences of IPC.
406, 409 - Criminal Breach of Trust
420 - Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property
465, 468- Forgery
201, 204- Disappearance or destruction of evidence
212 - Harbouring Offender
120B - conspiracy.
Last year, the TRP scam raised eyebrows when BARC filed a complaint through Hansa Research Group accusing television channels of rigging fake TRP numbers.
It is pertinent to note that last year ARiG Media and Goswami had moved Bombay High Court seeking relief from the accusations. It was claimed that Republic TV was being targeted for its coverage on the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. However, the Mumbai Police had subsequently submitted an affidavit stating that the move was not guided by any political vendetta.