Last Friday, while seeking further custody of Singh, the police had submitted before a city court that its investigation had revealed that certain cable operators were allegedly “paid” to show the news channel on more than one logical channel number on their cable networks to boost TRPs.
On Monday, too, the prosecution wanted Singh’s police custody extended to enable further investigation, while Singh’s counsel argued for judicial custody, saying no further custodial interrogation was necessary.
In an earlier statement released by the channel, it had termed the arrest of Singh as one “born out of pre-scripted vendetta instead of evidence and facts”. The channel has denied any wrongdoing.
Hansa Research Group Pvt Ltd, the complainant, had lodged an FIR in the TRP case at Kandivli police station alleging manipulation of viewership statistics. The FIR is registered against three channels and doesn’t name Republic TV, his lawyers had argued.