The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case in connection with the alleged fake TRP scam, which the Mumbai Police is investigating. Official sources said on Friday that the Central Investigation Agency has filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECRR), which is similar to the police FIR. The ED registered the case after studying the FIR of the Mumbai Police filed in October.
Sources said that the ED will soon summon the officials and others of the news channels named in the police FIR and interrogate them and record their statements. In fact, the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) had filed a complaint through the Hansa Research Group alleging that some TV channels were tampering with the Television Rating Point (TRP).
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The fake TRP scam came to light after this complaint by BARC. The police had alleged that some channels are offering bribes to increase TRP so that their advertising revenue can increase. It is alleged that the houses in which TRP measuring meters were installed, were being bribed to keep one channel open. TRPs are very important for TV channels, as their advertising revenue depends on it.
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