Republic TV claimed in a release that the Maharashtra government and Mumbai police have admitted in court that the channel is not named in the FIR in the TRP case. In fact, on Monday, senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the petitioners in the Bombay High Court, demanded the court to give protection to Goswami from arrest. On this, senior Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Maharashtra government and the police, said that Goswami is not named among the accused so far, no order can be given to protect him from arrest. Sibal said that police has summoned eight people so far in connection with the TRP case and questioned them.
On the basis of these statements of Kapil Sibal in the court, Republic TV has targeted Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh. The channel’s editor-in-chief Arnab has filed a defamation suit of Rs 200 crore against Singh. Arnab told Republic TV, “What he (Mumbai Police Commissioner) said to the media on June 8 was jumping and saying that the Republic was trapped.” Will they now report that Parambir Singh has made false allegations against us? He lashed out at senior journalist Rajat Sharma and asked why he stopped the coverage of the case now.
You said a lot on Arnab India TV’s nine o’clock program (Rajat Sharma). Now say something about this too. Balance the coverage. Will you show me the news that I have filed a defamation suit of Rs 200 crore against Mumbai Police Commissioner Parbir Singh. If you can’t say it yourself, call me on your channel, I’ll say it after coming there. If you cannot say this in your court, then call me. I will say and I can also ask questions. People will like it.
It is noteworthy that Republic TV issued a press release saying that the Maharashtra government and Mumbai police accepted in court that the name of Republic TV was not included in the FIR registered in the TRP case. In such a situation, Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of Republic TV Media Network has directed his legal advisory group Phoenix Legal to file a defamation suit of Rs 200 crore on Parambir Singh. Of this, 100 crores are for damaging the image of Arnab Goswami and 100 crores for damaging the image of the Republic TV media network. (Agency input)