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Approver Says ED Forced Him To Change His Statement | India News

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MUMBAI: One of the defendants in the alleged TRP manipulation scam, Umesh Mishra, has approached Bombay HC, saying that ED forced him to change his original statement given to Mumbai police as an approver. The scam is being investigated by the city police, while ED has registered a separate money laundering case in the matter.
Mishra has filed a request to intervene in the petition filed by Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami seeking to quash the FIR police. Mishra said he should be heard before any guilty plea orders are approved. A former Hansa Research employee, Mishra was arrested in Virar in October for allegedly being involved in making payments to households for keeping certain television channels on and thus inflating viewership numbers.
Mishra said he was summoned by the Emergency Department on December 18 to record his statement, and on the same day he went, “his statement was recorded under threats, contrary to the statement … recorded before the Metropolitan Magistrate.” The court sent the matter for hearing until February 12 with the main petition.

Times of India

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