Mumbai: The Uddhav Thackeray government of Maharashtra on Wednesday issued an order to the members of the Delhi Special Police Establishment to withdraw consent to use powers and jurisdiction in the state under a law. In such a situation, the investigating agency will now have to seek permission from the state government for permission to start an investigation in any case. The case came a day after the CBI registered an FIR in the TRP scam on the recommendation of the Uttar Pradesh government. Now the CBI cannot enter the state without the permission of the Maharashtra government.
In fact, a case was registered at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow on the complaint of the promoter of an advertising company regarding the TRP scam. It was later handed over to the CBI by the UP government. Rating agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) revealed the alleged scam of TRPs after filing a police complaint that some channels were rigging TRP ratings to lure advertisers.
The Mumbai police was investigating the actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case earlier but later the case was handed over to the CBI based on an FIR lodged by the actor’s father in Patna. According to the information received, now if the CBI wants to investigate a case, it will have to contact the state government for consent. Explain that states like West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan have also taken this decision regarding CBI investigation.
Meanwhile, on 8 October, the Mumbai Police claimed to have busted a fake racket of Television Rating Points (TRP), revealing the names of 5 more channels including Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV. So far 8 people have been arrested in this case. Police had alleged that some families whose homes had meters installed to collect viewer data were being bribed by 3 channels.