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Lawyer Shardul Singh was responding to a question from Judge PD Naik about who, according to the police, was the main person in the case and what was Dasgupta’s role. Prosecutor Deepak Thakare said the additional charge sheet filed in the case listed Dasgupta as the “mastermind” of the scam.
Dasgupta was seeking bail from the HC after two lower courts denied him release. Noting that all the other defendants, including the BARC COO, a co-defendant, were released on bail or received protection from arrest by the courts, Singh requested bail for Dasgupta on grounds of parity. He also argued that Dasgupta’s health was fragile and he had to be hospitalized on January 15 and was discharged last Friday.
Thakare submitted a report from the Taloja jail doctor saying that Dasgupta, 55, was “stable” and “oriented and aware.” Thakare said that he was receiving all necessary medical care at the prison and that if there was an emergency, he would be transferred to JJ Hospital, even if there was no police escort available.
The court adjourned the bond hearing for a week to allow Dasgupta’s attorney to amend the petition and seek a copy of the supplemental charge sheet.
According to the supplemental charge sheet filed with the court, Dasgupta told police in a statement that he had received Rs 40 lakh from Goswami over a three-year period, as well as $ 6,000 for vacation, in exchange for manipulating grades.
Dasgupta is accused of abusing his official position and conspiring with ARG Outlier Media and Arnab Goswami to manipulate the TRPs and bring Republic TV to the number one position.
While rejecting his bail statement, the additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Esplanade Court had previously said on January 4: “The material available on the record shows the current defendant’s involvement in the alleged crime and played a vital role in the commission of the crime “. He had moved the court of sessions, which had also rejected his declaration of bail on 20 January.
“The defendant is the most influential person who worked as BARC’s executive director,” the magistrate had said in declining Dasgupta’s bail statement.