The Supreme Court of India on Thursday refused to entertain the plea filed by Republic TV and its chief Arnab Goswami against the Mumbai Police in the TRP Scam case. Arnab Goswami was seeking to quash the summons issued by the Mumbai police in the FIR alleging manipulation of Television Rating Points(TRP).
The plea was heard on a bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud. The Supreme Court, however, advised the Republic Tv to approach the Bombay High Court in the case. "We must have faith in our HCs. Without the intervention of the HC, it sends a bad message to the HC. They have been functioning throughout the pandemic", Justice DY Chandrachud said.
During the hearing, the Supreme Court also expressed their concern with the Police Commissioners talking to the media about the cases. During the short hearing, the bench also expressed concerns at the practice of Police Commissioners giving press statements in relation to cases."We are also concerned by the way police commissioners are giving interviews to the press these days", Justice Chandrachud remarked.
After Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh claimed to have busted the TRP Scam and exposed Republic TV, he gave his interview to many media channels. Many accused the top cop of using his power for personal animosity.
During Sushant Singh Rajput's case, Bihar's former DGP Gupteshwar Pandey also appeared on many media channels to give his interviews.