MUMBAI: The city crime branch probing the TRP manipulation racket is searching for two persons, including a relationship manager of Hansa Research, who officials believe have extensive information on viewership rigging by a television channel.
have also summoned on Wednesday two senior editors of Republic TV,
, based in Mumbai, and
, based in Delhi.
Police said they wanted to question the two editors in the case and also regarding a telecast on October 10 in which documents purportedly belonging to Hansa Research Group were shown.
On Tuesday, the special investigation team led by assistant commissioner of police Shashank Sanbhor, while seeking remand of the five arrested accused, said the police were looking for Dinesh Vishwakarma, employed with Hansa Research, and one Rocky.
Police had earlier arrested
, a former relationship manager of Hansa Research, one of the persons who was allegedly assigned the work of paying households for watching certain channels. Republic TV, Fakt TV and Box Cinema are being probed for rigging the viewership numbers.
Sources said Hansa itself had mentioned in its complaint that two of its employees, Vishal Bhandari and Dinesh Vishwakarma, destroyed its reputation.
Police on Tuesday produced all the five accused — Vishal Bhandari, Bompelli Mistri, Shirish Shetty, Narayan Sharma and Vinay Tripathi — before the Esplanade Metropolitan Magistrate. All of them were further remanded in police custody till October 16.
In the remand, police said they want to confront Vinay Tripathi with Vishal Bhandari and other accused to know the flow of money. Police said they have sought bank details of Mistri, Shetty and Sharma to know the flow of money coming in from various channels.
To measure TRPs,
the Broadcast Audience Research Council
(BARC) has installed 2,000 people meters. BARC had given the contract of monitoring the barometers to Hansa Research. The accused connived with each other and manipulated the TRPs by asking people to watch certain channels and paid them a fixed monthly pay and caused huge losses to other channels, advertising agencies and misled the general people, said police.
Police said they wanted to question the two editors in the TRP case and also regarding a telecast on October 10 in which documents purportedly belonging to Hansa Research were shown.