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India Today to cough up a fine of Rs. 5 Lakh in TRP manipulation case

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The Bombay High Court on Friday asked TV Today network to cough up a fine of Rs. 5 lakh imposed on it by the viewership rating agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) for alleged viewership tampering. The said fine is to be deposited by the media network which owns news channels India Today and Aaj Tak before the Court’s registry, which will ensure that no coercive action is taken by BARC against the network temporarily. BARC had earlier passed an order against TV Today Network alleging violation of its code of conduct, and had imposed a fine of Rs. 5 lakh on the network, Bar and Bench reported.

The Bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Milind Jadhav stated, “It will be open to TV Today Network without prejudice to its rights and contentions to deposit the amount of Rs.5 lakhs as directed by the BARC’s Disciplinary Council in the registry of this Court. If this amount is deposited no coercive steps will be taken against TV Today in the meanwhile.” The media network was asked to deposit the fine amount on a plea filed by itself, seeking directions from the High Court to quash and set aside the order of BARC issued against it for malpractices, along with a warning letter cautioning the network to refrain from indulging in any viewership malpractice.

The issue first hit the headlines when India Today had occupied itself full time to denigrate Republic TV for the latter’s alleged tampering of TRP data. After quite a lasting moral grandstanding by India Today editors and staff, it was revealed that not Republic Media Network, but India Today itself was mentioned in the original FIR filed in the case pertaining to the TRP tampering racket. This was then followed by stunning disclosures of India Today also having been found guilty by BARC’s disciplinary committee of viewership malpractices, and subsequently being fined for 5 lakh rupees. The media network, however, did not cough up the fine until the High Court’s direction on Friday.

BARC alleged that it appeared to them “that this abnormal jump in the Daily Average Reach of the TV Today channels may be due to influencing the panel households which was strictly prohibited by the Code of Conduct for redressing the viewership malpractices.” Such revelations made top editors of India Today go into hiding for a considerable amount of time, even as they floundered around to put up a decent defence and wipe the eggs off their faces for accusing Republic TV of something which they themselves had been held guilty for.



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Bihar: AIMIM MLA refuses to say ‘Hindustan’ even though having oath, sparks row

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Bihar: AIMIM MLA refuses to say 'Hindustan' while taking oath, sparks row

The 17th state assembly of Bihar took off these days and freshly elected members ended up administered the oath of business. Nonetheless, AIMIM MLA Akhtarul Iman activated a controversy when he introduced that he objects to the term ‘Hindustan’ penned in his affidavit.

As for each studies, the AIMIM MLA was to take his oath in Urdu. When he was handed more than the affidavit, he objected to the word ‘Hindustan’ composed on it. His objection took speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi by shock who argued that it is popular observe for associates who consider oath in Urdu to use the phrase ‘Hindustan’ for the identify of our country.

“I had lifted no objections. I experienced simply manufactured a point that when we read through the Preamble of the Structure, in whichever language, it mentions the phrase ‘Bharat’ and not ‘Hindustan’. In the gentle of this actuality I felt that since we are taking oath in the name of the Structure, it would be good if use the very same phrase for the identify of our state,” Akhtarul Iman claimed.

His reviews did not go down effectively with numerous other MLAs. BJP chief Pramod Kumar had rebuked the AIMIM leader by stating that all those who have a issue with the phrase ‘Hindustan’, can go to Pakistan. It is essential to observe that AIMIM experienced received 5 seats in the Assembly elections of Bihar.

Iman reportedly even more mentioned that in oaths taken in Hindi and Maithili language, the word ‘Bharat’ is utilized, but the identify of the place becomes Hindustan when the oath is in Urdu. Having said that, protem speaker Jitan Ram Manjhi at last allowed him to get his oath with the word Bharat.

The AIMIM has gained 5 seats in the not long ago concluded Bihar elections, Kochadhamam, Baisi, Bahadurganj, Amour, and Jokihat. Akhtarul Iman is the MLA from Amour.

It is not the initial time that an AIMIM chief has sparked controversy when using the oath. Even though using oath for the 17th Lok Sabha just after the 2019 typical elections, occasion chief Asaduddin Owaisi experienced finished his oath with ‘Allah Hu Akbar’. Furthermore, the oath-using ceremony for the 17th Lok Sabha had turn out to be a slogan-shouting spectacle with BJP and several opposition celebration leaders seeking to outperform every other.

BJD’s Anubhav Mohanty experienced gone a step forward and experienced included ‘Jai Naveen’ in his oath, hailing his social gathering chief.

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