The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Republic TV and its founder Arnab Goswami to move the Bombay High Court in the TRP scam case.
“I think your client’s office is in Worli. It is not far from Flora Fountain and the Bombay High Court. Why don’t you go there under Article 226 [of the Constitution] or under Section 482 [of the Code of Criminal Procedure to quash the FIR]…” Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for ARG and Mr. Goswami.
Justices Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee, on the Bench, also suggested that the parties should move the High Court.
Mumbai Police opposed Republic TV and Goswami’s petition in apex court over the summons issued to the channel’s officials in connection with the TRP scam investigation.
In its affidavit, Mumbai Police said that they seek rejection of the petition with a heavy penalty imposed on the petitioners.
Mumbai Police said that in the name of freedom of expression, anyone cannot ask for exemption from any criminal investigation.
Mumbai Police has also argued that an accused person cannot decide or dictate the modalities of the investigation.
The police have also said that other channels are cooperating in the police investigation, but Republic TV has been creating hurdles in the process.
Mumbai Police further said that the probe in the TRP scam is still in its initial phase and cannot be handed over to CBI.
Mumbai Police summoned staffers of Republic TV Network in connection with the alleged TRP scam.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had alleged that three media outfits had rigged barometers set up by BARC in order to elicit higher TRPs for themselves.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court on Monday observed that it can entertain journalist Arnab Goswami’s plea challenging the showcause notice issued by Maharashtra assembly only after any action is taken.
Maharashtra Legislature secretariat has issued a notice to Republic TV’s Editor in Chief Arnab Goswami for breach of privilege for submitting a copy of the proceedings of the assembly in Supreme Court without the Speaker’s permission.