Reacting sharply to the allegations labelled by Mumbai police of tampering of panel homes, Republic TV accused it of defaming the channel as an act of revenge. The channel in a statement threatened legal action against the police.
Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami's statement pic.twitter.com/axhbJZ47eA— Republic (@republic) October 8, 2020
In another statement, Republic TV said, “FIR filed by BARC in Kandivali Police Station bearing reference 0143905 doesn’t name Republic, as informed by BARC.”
However, BARC India did not confirm or deny naming Rebublic or any other channel in its statement despite being asked a pointed question. A BARC India spokesperson said, “As in all our previous cases of suspected panel homes’ intrusions, BARC India continues to follow its established vigilance and disciplinary guidelines. BARC remains steadfastly true to its purpose to accurately and faithfully report ‘What India Watches’. BARC India appreciates the efforts of the Mumbai police and will provide the support asked of it.”