Mumbai police at receiving on TRP scam

Parambir Singh

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is at the receiving end after the Bombay High Court on Saturday asked the government, Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and two other police officials to respond to a plea filed by Hansa group for alleged harassment from the police department on TRP scam.

Filing a petition before the Bombay High Court, three senior officials of the Hansa Group Pvt Ltd alleged that the city police was conducting the probe in an “illegal and highly objectionable” manner on the television rating points (TRP) scam. The Hansa Group claimed that the company’s officials were being “harassed and coerced into making false statements” and sought for the probe to be transferred to the CBI. They named Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Waze and Assistant Commissioner of Police Shashank Sandbhor as the ones who were harassing them.

However, the counsel of the state government, Param Bir Singh and the two police officers refuted the allegations and said the petitioners are being called for questioning only when required. He further told the court that investigation in the case is still on and certain material has also come to the fore against the petitioners.

Responding to the argument, the court, however, noted that since the petitioners are complainant in the case, they should not be called to the police station without any reason. “They are the complainant and not the accused in the case. We are not saying stop the investigation, but call them only when required and on specific days and for reasonable time,” the court said.

The court has fixed the next hearing on November 25 and directed the state government, police commissioner and two police officers of Mumbai police to file their affidavits in this regard.