Republic TV Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Vikas Khanchandani was arrested from his residence by the Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch on Sunday, in connection with the alleged Television Rating Points (TRP) manipulation case.
The Mumbai metropolitan magistrate court later remanded Khanchandani in police custody till December 15.
Khanchandani’s arrest comes days after Arnab Goswami’s arrest and Republic’s Assistant VP Ghanshyam Singh’s arrest.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Mumbai Police told the court that it wished to interrogate Khanchandani to understand alleged payments made to multi-system operators and cable operators in an effort to drive up their TRP.
On Sunday, a statement issued by the News Broadcasters’ Federation said, “Vikas’ anticipatory bail petition is scheduled to be heard by the court and the arrest and remand is highly disturbing. NBF herein reiterates and urges the Government of India to immediately set up an independent and neutral national agency to investigate into any allegations of professional misconduct by journalists, executives, and owners of media companies, in order to prevent selective harassment by the State Authority and to ensure the Freedom of Press.”