The tiff which started off with the allegation over the TRP scam case on Arnab Goswami’s Republic channel in specific, seems to intensify on Friday with the Mumbai police registering fresh FIRs against over 1,000 editorial staff of the channel.
Accusing the channel of inciting disaffection among Mumbai police and for defaming them, Mumbai police booked its executive editor, anchor, two reporters and other editorial staff members under Section 3 (1) of the Police (Incitement to Disaffection) Act 1922, a Central act, along with sections of the Indian Penal Code.
In the line of the FIR, the accused aired a report which aired a show ‘Revolt Against Param Bir Singh? Senior officer part of the probe gives details’ which amounted to incitement to disaffection among members of the police force and defamation of Mumbai police.
“By broadcasting such content, the channel and its journalists intentionally tried to incite disaffection among the police personnel against the police commissioner and the act also maligns Mumbai Police’s image,” the complainant stated in the FIR. It can be noted that this is the fourth criminal case registered against Republic TV channel and its employees by the city police.
While the channel is also facing an investigation in the Television Rating Point (TRP) scam, Republic Television channel officials refused to respond on the on-going developments. It can be recalled that Arnab Goswami and Republic have also decided to sue Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh for Rs 200 crore.