The 8th Esplanade magistrate court in Mumbai sent former BARC India CEO Partho Dasgupta to 14 days in judicial custody. He will be put up at a school before being transferred to jail as is the norm during the pandemic.
Dasgupta has also filed a bail application, which will now be heard on Friday, January 1, 2021, by the regular court.
His lawyer Kamlesh Ghumre argued that Dasgupta was CEO of the Broadcast Audience Research Council but there was a board of directors and a disciplinary committee above him.
He was not the "whole and sole of the BARC," the lawyer said, adding that he could not have manipulated the rating system.
In its remand application, Mumbai police had on December 28 told the court that Arnab Goswami paid ‘lakhs’ to Partho Dasgupta.
Dasgupta is the 15th person to be arrested in the TRP scam case.