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Ex-BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta, arrested in TRP scam, hospitalised

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
January 16, 2021 22:01 IST
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Partho Dasgupta, a former chief executive officer of TV ratings agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) who was arrested in the Television Rating Points (TRP) rigging case, has been admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Mumbai after his sugar level shot up, officials said on Saturday.


Photograph: Kind courtesy @parthodasgupta/Twitter

His daughter took to Twitter to allege that he was tortured in prison, and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others to 'save his life'.

Dasgupta, 55, a diabetic, was rushed to the state-run J J Hospital here from the Taloja Central Prison in Navi Mumbai around mid-night after his blood sugar levels shot up, a prison official said.

He was admitted to the ICU and was on oxygen support, the official said.

Dasgupta, former CEO of  (BARC) was arrested in the alleged TRP rigging scam by crime branch of the Mumbai Police on December 24 last year.

A Mumbai court had earlier this month rejected his bail plea, stating that he appeared to have played a vital role in the scam to rig TRP as per the police's case.

The Mumbai Police had earlier told the court that Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami had allegedly bribed Dasgupta with 'lakhs of rupees' to ramp up the news channel's viewership numbers fraudulently.

On Saturday, Pratyusha Dasgupta, Dasgupta's daughter, demanded that he be shifted to a reputed private hospital.

She tweeted a message titled 'A helpless daughter's anguished appeal', tagging PM Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, the Prime Minister's Office as well as Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Her mother received a call around 3 am on Saturday informing that her father had been brought to the hospital in unconscious state around 1 pm on Friday, she said.

For 14 hours nobody from the family was informed about Dasgupta's condition because the authorities allegedly did not have their contact numbers, Pratyusha said.

When they reached the hospital, they found he was unable to speak, she said.

It was apparent that he had been 'physically and mentally tortured inside the jail', she alleged.

Prison officials were not available for giving reaction on her allegations.

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