Republic Television’s CEO sent to Jail

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A court sent the chief executive of India’s Republic television network to jail for 14 days, his lawyer said, after his arrest by the police in a case relating to manipulation of television ratings.

Mumbai police alleged that Republic TV tried to artificially inflate its audience ratings by paying people to tune in to the channel and Vikas Khanchandani, the network’s CEO, has refused to cooperate with the investigation, according to court documents seen by Reuters.

In November, a court sent Goswami to jail after the police arrested him for allegedly abetting the suicide of an interior decorator who purportedly left a note saying Republic TV had not paid him for design work on its television studio. Goswami was later released, and his channel blamed local politicians, angered by its news coverage, for his arrest.

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