The Chief financial officer of Republic TV has been called in for questioning on Saturday by the Mumbai Police within the investigation into allegations that the tv channel paid viewers to game its ratings and illegally earn more ad revenue, officials said.
Shiva Subramaniyam Sundaram is that the first senior management official of the TV network to be summoned within the scandal that erupted on Thursday with the Mumbai Police revealing that the workplace which tracks viewership had alleged that the numbers were being fudged by certain channels.
Republic TV is that the biggest name to possess emerged within the early investigation with viewers testifying that that they had been paid to stay the channel on even once they weren't watching. the 2 others are local channels in Maharashtra called Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema.
The police said they shall perform a "forensic audit" of Republic TV's accounts and therefore the summons to Mr Sundaram contend that there are reasonable grounds to believe that he's "acquainted with certain facts and circumstances of the matter".
The police have also summoned accountants of the 2 other channels and people from a few of advertising agencies.
Four people, including owners of the 2 smaller channels have already been arrested within the case. The police have said the accounts of Republic TV and therefore the others might be frozen if it had been established that the channels made advertising money using rigged ratings.
Republic TV has strongly refuted the allegations and accused the Mumbai Police of vendetta because it had raised questions on its investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death and other stories which are critical of the state's Shiv Sena-led coalition government.
Republic TV's Arnab Goswami said he will sue Mumbai commissioner Param Bir Singh for the allegations which there's "not one BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) report that mentioned Republic TV". "The people of India know the reality . BARC has not mentioned Republic in any complaint," he added.
Republic TV is that the biggest name to possess emerged within the early investigation with viewers testifying that they had been paid to stay the channel on even once they weren't watching. the 2 others are local channels in Maharashtra called Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema.d and helped rig ratings.