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Supreme Court disallows Republic CFO plea against Mumbai Police FIR in TRP scam

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New Delhi (ILNS): The Supreme Court bench led by Justice D Y Chandrachud allowed Republic TV’s CFO Shiva Sundaram’s to withdraw his plea against the summons issued by Mumbai Police to the news channel in connection with the alleged Television Rating Point (TRP) scam.

The bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra said: “You should have approached the High Court, when there is a remedy available under 226.”

The Mumbai Police has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court urging it to dismiss the writ petition filed by Republic TV (AGR Outlier Media Private Limited) stating that Investigation in to an alleged crime by the investigating agency cannot be urged as a ground for violation of Article 19(1)(a) as is sought to be done by company.


“Article 19(1)(a) cannot be invoked by the petitioners to sidestep, thwart and prevent any Investigation by the competent investigating agency into alleged fudging of TRP ratings. The right under Article 19(1)(a) is not a shield which can be used against any commission of crime under the extant criminal law of the land. Thus, in the absence of any violation of fundamental rights, the writ petition deserves to be dismissed at the threshold,”

-said the ACP DCB CID, Mumbai Police in an affidavit submitted before the apex court.

A writ petition was filed by AGR Outlier Media Private Limited in the Supreme Court against the Registration of an FIR by Mumbai Police regarding the alleged TRP Scam by the TV Channel. Republic TV’s CFO Shiva Sundaram’s had approached the Supreme Court against the summons issued by Mumbai Police to the news channel.

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The plea had challenged the October 9 summons, issued to the CFO of Republic Media Network. The CFO citing the plea in the top court had urged the Mumbai Police to pause its probe in the role of the network and its employees briefly.

-ILNS

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