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MUMBAI: A classes court docket in its order rejecting former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta’s bail plea has stated that whereas it was true that 14 accused have been launched on bail, the case papers replicate Dasgupta was the mastermind within the TRP manipulation rip-off, that he was “acting in his capacity of CEO to manipulate television ratings through mechanical device,” and that he was “involved with a tv channel proprietor.
The classes court docket’s reasoned order of January 20, made accessible now, additionally stated, “It seems from the papers put forth earlier than me that it isn’t a easy case of TRP manipulation however greater than that.”
Special public prosecutor Shishir Hiray had submitted earlier than the classes court docket that there was a “voluminous round of chats between applicant (Dasgupta) and channel owner and anchor.” “Some round of serious chat” was present in Dasgupta’s cellular and to “verify” it, the house ministry’s clearance is required, he stated.
The prosecutor stated Dasgupta had in collusion with a “particular TV channel owner and anchor manipulated TRP for getting money” and added, “In the present crime national interest is involved”. He stated Dasgupta flouted pointers and “was playing with an amount of Rs 32,000 crore.” The order didn’t title the channel proprietor and anchor. Chats between Dasgupta and Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami are a part of the police chargesheet within the case.
The Bombay excessive court docket, which is now listening to Dasgupta’s plea for bail, has posted the matter for listening to on February 9.
Sessions decide M A Bhosale in his order stated that earlier than forming any opinion concerning WhatsApp chats, an intensive investigation is important and Dasgupta’s face-to-face investigation too in order that he can clarify “certain code words seen in the chat exchanges he had with the channel owner.” Dasgupta can be the correct particular person to “explain” what it means, stated the court docket order. The classes court docket additionally accepted the prosecutor’s argument that Dasgupta may tamper with proof or affect witnesses if granted bail.
On Tuesday, Hiray sought time from Justice P D Naik of HC, saying he had simply been assigned the case. He stated Dasgupta had earlier gone to the Supreme Court too. “This is nothing but forum shopping,” he stated. Appearing for the incarcerated ex-BARC CEO, senior counsel Aabad Ponda with advocate Shardul Singh cited his well being and stated the listening to might not be delayed. Ponda stated, “He is not dying but his health is precarious.” He stated Dasgupta, 55, wanted medical consideration.
This is Dasgupta’s third plea for bail after the 2 decrease court docket rejections since his arrest final month.


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