Republic TV has sent a legal notice English daily Indian Express asking them to cease and desist from reporting unsubstantiated and fake news against Republic Tv concerning the alleged TRP scam.
In the Notice, Republic Tv has opposed a news report published by Indian Express on 25th January. It claims that Arnab Goswami bribed former Ceo of BARC Partho Dasgupta to manipulate TRPs.
The legal Notice which was sent through law firm Phoenix Legal states that the report where Partho Dasgupta confesses that Arnab Goswami bribed him to fix ratings is a vexatious campaign to tarnish image and reputation of Republic Tv and was published so that Indian Express could further its corporate and commercial interest through sensationalism.
The Notice further reads that Indian Express did not mention that confession was extracted by Mumbai Police from Dasgupta under duress and stress and was inadmissible in law and also that Dasgupta has already denied any such statement.
There is also a mention of Section 25 of the Indian Evidence Act in the Notice. As per Section 25, a confession made to a police officer cannot be proved against an accused and as per Section 26, a confession is valid if given before a Magistrate.
A reference is also made to the bail application filed by Dasgupta which categorically stated that Republic Media Network was not involved in TRP manipulation.
As per the Notice, as the investigation in the case was ongoing, such a biased report amounts to contempt of Court.
The Notice further reads that Indian Express should not publish such defamatory reports against Indian Express and issue a public apology and clarify the correct facts.