Bangla Hunt Desk: The Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra on Wednesday withdrew the slight consent given to the CBI. From now on, the central agency will have to seek the permission of the state government before starting an investigation into the case in the state. The Uddhav government took the decision just a day after a complaint was lodged with the CBI in a TRP case following a recommendation from the Uttar Pradesh government.
It may be mentioned that a case has been filed with the Hazratganj Police Station in Lucknow alleging TRP corruption by the promoter of an advertising company. The Yogi government of Uttar Pradesh then handed over the case to the CBI. Rating agency BARC has lodged a complaint with the police alleging that several channels were manipulating TRP ratings to attract advertisers. And then the corruption of TRP comes in front of everyone.
On October 6, Mumbai police, on the other hand, claimed that they had uncovered three channels of TRP fraud, including Arnab Goswami's Republic TV. Police alleged that some families where meters were installed to collect data from viewers were bribed by these three channels. Mumbai Police has demanded to unmask the fraudulent channels in TRP.
Earlier, in states like Rajasthan, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, little consent was withdrawn from the CBI. It is important to get permission from the government before the CBI enters there.