In a shocking revelation, the Mumbai Police has said that the Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami had “paid lakhs of rupees” to the former CEO of BARC(Broadcast Audience Research Council) Partho Dasgupta to “increase” the TRP(Television Rating Points) of Republic news channel.

The report from the police states that Arnab allegedly paid BARC CEO and former COO Romil Ramgarhia to manipulate Republic TV’s English and Hindi news channels, according to NDTV. Ramgharia was taken into police custody on December 17 when he was accused of “providing secret and confidential information to certain channels.”

Sachin Vaze, Assistant Police Inspector for Mumbai Police told a news agency that Partho Dasgupta confessed during questioning that Goswami had met him on multiple occasions in separate Hotels in Mumbai. Additionally, Goswami also “made payments worth lakhs in cash, including once in US dollars.”

The Police Inspector also said that besides the BARC CEO and former COO, Mumbai Police has suspicion over the involvement of other BARC employees too. What makes this story worth following is the fact that so far Mumbai police never spelled out Goswami’s name for his alleged role. This is the first time that the police have come out with Goswami’s name for his role in this TRP scam.

Mumbai Police has alleged that Dasgupta was the “mastermind” of this scam, fudging viewership and other relevant data for financial profit. The police also requested the Court to further extend the BARC CEO’s custody so that it can be ascertained whether there have been more payments made or not.

Partho Dasgupta, BARC CEO(left), Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief Republic TV

The police said that the BARC CEO used the money to purchase valuables like jewelry which have been seized from his residence. The valuables include a Tag Heuer watch worth Rs. 1 lakh, and jewelry and imitation stones worth Rs. 2.22 lakhs.

While the Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Goswami has not given a statement yet, the channel’s Twitter handle issued a statement calling the Mumbai Police’s claim laughable.