A 500-page document with WhatsApp chats between Arnab Goswami and former BARC CEO is released on social-media by esteemed lawyer Prashant Bhushan.
These are a few snapshots of the damning leaked WhatsApp chats between BARC CEO & #ArnabGoswami. They show many conspiracies&unprecedented access to power in this govt; gross abuse of his media&his position as power broker. In any Rule of law country, he would be in jail for long pic.twitter.com/6aGOR6BRQJ
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) January 15, 2021
The chats offer insight into the situation regarding Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami’s proximity with the PMO and other members of the government as well. The chats also offer damning evidence in Goswami’s malpractices in TRP manipulation and Goswami seeking help from the ruling party.
The massive 500-page PDF begins with a disclaimer that the case is filed with the Kandivali Police with signatures on each page. The massive document carries WhatsApp chats that begin in July 2019 and extends till mid-October 2019.
— Tarun. P (@PTKR_10) January 15, 2021
The topics cover a huge gamut, from remarks about Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti to comments about how Arnab’s channel has gotten its hands-on news topics ahead of its competitors.
Since this is a document that covers the personal messages between BARC CEO and Goswami, there’s no dearth in name-calling. In one such message, BARC CEO Dasgupta calls the Union Minister Prakash Javadekar “useless”.
In another message that provides damning evidence of Goswami’s proximity to political leaders, Goswami says “all ministers are with us.” There are chats that also show Goswami assuring Dasgupta that PMO is in their aid. In one such message, Dasgupta sent a confidential letter to Goswami saying he had jammed the News Broadcasters Association. To which, Goswami replied that he might meet Prime Minister regarding the matter.
There are messages that indicate that Dasgupta told Goswami that the TRAI’s reform to measure TV viewership using special software might politically hurt the Republic channel and BJP. Goswami’s alleged chat also shows the BARC CEO asking Goswami to use his political influence and sabotage the TRAI reform.
Arnab Goswami’s alleged chats with Dasgupta is leaked the same day when Bombay High Court adjourned the hearing of the TRP Scam case.
Meanwhile, as it always happens, Twitter is full of independent journalists sharing screenshots of the alleged WhatsApp chats and sharing their opinions.
This is how Arnab Goswami reacted when Arun Jaitley was on his death bed. No wonder this person has not even a bit of empathy.
— Dhruv Rathee 🇮🇳 (@dhruv_rathee) January 15, 2021
Arnab calls Rajat Sharma channel to be substandard and he is facing inquiry in DDCA Scam. I would request @RajatSharmaLive Ji to atleast trust him and give him a chance.#ArnabGoswamiExposed pic.twitter.com/PcHcW1QE6r
— Prashant Kanojia (@PJkanojia) January 15, 2021
Waiting for other News Anchors to Zoom and Decrypt #ArnabGoswami and BARC’s CEO WhatsApp Chat on National Television!
Meanwhile Whatsapp HQ to Arnab: pic.twitter.com/1xjSrg9yiX
— Rais Shaikh (@rais_shk) January 15, 2021
“All Ministers with us”
‘Alleged’ leaked whatsapp chats of Arnab and ex BARC CEO pic.twitter.com/DxNeSdwxjM
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) January 15, 2021
Arnab goswami of @republic‘s conversation with BARC CEO is another #RadiaTape moment of indian journalism. Clear case of corruption with coordinated efforts of political class. pic.twitter.com/rPI7Bju9ud
— Atul Chaurasia (@BeechBazar) January 15, 2021
The TRP Scam story is one with twists and turns with names of other media organizations and their key members have come up. Earlier, BARC CEO Partho Gupta was denied bail. The Mumbai Police told Bombay High Court that they found incriminating evidence through an investigation with BARC against Republic TV and Arnab.
And now the TRP Scam Story has another twist where the citizens of India have some more insight on Arnab Goswami’s corrupt actions and relations with the ruling party.