Arnab Goswami

A court in Mumbai on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to three Republic TV employees in the alleged TRP manipulation.

The three employees – Shivendu Mulherkar, Ranjit Walter and Sivasubramaniyam Sundaram – had filed their bail petition before the court in November-December last year, their Counsel Vikram Kamath said.

Senior journalist Arnab Goswami is the founder of Republic TV.

Additional Sessions Judge A D Deo on Wednesday allowed the anticipatory bail applications of the three employees, Kamath said.

They had submitted before the court that there was no ground against them (for arrest) and they were not named in the FIR registered in the case.

The alleged fake TRP scam came to light in October last year when ratings agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) filed a complaint through Hansa Research Group (HRG), alleging that certain television channels were rigging TRP numbers.

The HRG had been tasked with installing barometers for recording channel viewership data at sample households.

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