The day Mumbai top cop said they had busted a TRP racket, Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami on October 8 issued a statement accusing Pram Bir Singh of making ‘false allegations’ against the channel. Goswami had said that Republic TV questioned Singh’s role in the investigation on Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
The channel had moved Supreme Court against Mumbai Police investigation, however, on Thursday the SC said that the channel may move Bombay High Court.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee told the TV channel’s counsel Harish Salve that his client, “like any ordinary citizen of the country”, must approach the jurisdictional high court concerned to seek redress of grievances against any police investigation.
When Salve said the investigation was motivated, the bench said: “We are concerned about the way the Mumbai police commissioner is giving interviews”. Salve agreed to withdraw the petition with liberty to move the HC. The SC granted liberty and dismissed the petition as withdrawn. The channel had also requested the probe be transferred to the CBI.
In response to Republic TV challenging the TRP probe, Mumbai Police said any investigation into an alleged crime by the investigating agency cannot be cited as violation of right to freedom of speech. The city police said several TV channels which had been summoned were cooperating with the probe and had not raised any grievance with regard to the investigation.
Mumbai has also alleged that Goswami has been directly interfering and intimidating the witnesses by issuing news releases.