Mumbai: In a scandal that is still sending shockwaves through the television industry in the country, the stories continue to pile on. Initially, Republic Tv has been accused of altering the TRP ratings to boost its sponsorship. Republic Tv along with two other channels Box Cinema and Fakt Marathi are being investigated by the Mumbai police for falsifying the Television Rating Points (TRP) to gain high advertising rates. A research company called Mansa Research Group which is based in Mumbai filed a complaint that Republic TV has been altering their TRP records. Republic TV claims to have the highest viewership among the Indian news channels. The Mumbai Police began the investigation into the channel and it was later revealed by them that the channel has been complicit in falsifying the TRP ratings in order to obtain high advertising rates.

Republic Tv, in turn, are alleging that their channel is being targeted because of their extensive coverage on the late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The channel claim that the Mumbai police are infringing on their freedom of speech to report on the late actor’s death which has spawned a separate investigation by Narcotics Control Bureau. NCB had called in several high-profile players in Bollywood such as Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor. Mumbai Police said to the press that their investigation into Republic TV alleged scam is not infringing on the freedom of speech act because an alleged crime has been suspected by the police and could not shield an investigation into the alleged crime.  The Supreme Court has told the Republic TV to pursue the case with Bombay High Court rejecting a petition from Republic TV asking a CBI probe to be brought into the fold.

Arnab Goswami, the controversial editor-in-Chief of Republic Tv said that the Mumbai police would be sued by the channel and rejected the baseless allegations of the department. On Thursday, Broadcast Audience and Research Council (BARC) has announced that it was halting television ratings for three months of all channels. Television executives and industry experts are calling a revision in ratings policy.