Arnab’s WhatsApp chat with former BARC CEO leaked

Arnab’s WhatsApp chat with former BARC CEO leaked
Arnab Goswami
MUMBAI, JAN 15 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 1/15/2021 11:58:16 AM IST

There have been several twists and turns to the tale in the ensuing months as the investigation continued. The names of other media organisations had cropped up even as Republic TV claimed that it was being maligned. Several people associated with the channel have been arrested, and recently former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta was denied bail. “We have found evidence on record through investigation with Broadcasting Audience Research Council (BARC) against Republic TV and Arnab,” the Mumbai Police told the Bombay High Court recently.

And now, it would seem that we finally have some insight on the same as the Mumbai Police released a massive number of WhatsApp messages. Over 500 pages of chat messages purportedly between Arnab Goswami and Partho Dasgupta have now gone viral, with many calling this “damning evidence”.
The massive pdf begins with an intimation that this is a case filed with the Kandivali Police, and the transcript bears various signatures on each page. It begins in July 2019 and extends until mid-October the same year. It is not one chat. Going by the page headings, there are chats with Arnab Goswami, Vikas Aidem, the RRP Group, Romil Ramgaria and more in the one volume that Free Press Journal accessed.
More than 500 pages of Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami’s alleged chats with former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) were leaked on social media, with multiple instances to show many alleged conspiracies and unprecedented access to power in the present government. If true, this would come as the latest development in the ongoing TRP scam case, revealing much information on Arnab’s proximity with the Prime Minister’s office and other ruling party members, and how he tried to manipulate TRPs in his favour. Many messages in the alleged conversation indicate that Goswami was in close proximity with the BJP government and much more.
In one of the messages circulated online, ex-CEO of BARC, Parso Dasgupta, allegedly sent a confidential letter to Arnab saying that he had jammed News Broadcasters Association (NBA). He asked for Prime Minister Office’s help, for which Arnab allegedly assured.
In another excerpt from ‘leaked chat’, Arnab allegedly talked about how his channel dominated the media industry and how greatly his channel was able to demolish the competitors in the industry. When Dasgupta allegedly mentioned in one of his chats that all kinds of political games have started against Arnab and said that ministers are being quoted against him, Arnab replied, “all ministers are with us” and rubbished Partho’s message.
In another chat, Goswami indicated that he would be meeting BJP leader Prakash Javdekar for asking help from the PMO (Prime Minister Office) with respect to his TRP scam. 
When Dasgupta asked Arnab about any progress with respect to “PMO”, Arnab replied saying he would be meeting Javdekar in Mumbai. If true, this indicates the close relations between the Republic TV owner and the BJP leaders.

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