The Mumbai Police in the ongoing investigation into the alleged television rating points (TRP) scam has now submitted some damning evidence against Republic TV Editor Arnab Goswami. Running over 1,000 pages, the WhatsApp chats suggest collusion between Goswami and others. The WhatsApp chats were part of the 3,400-page supplementary charge sheet that the Mumbai Police filed earlier this week.
These messages also show the senior journalist’s proximity to the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) and also the information and broadcast ministry. The messages also suggest that Goswami had misused the access.
In one of the alleged chats of Goswami, on February 14 says, “This attack we have won like crazy.” This message was sent the day a convoy carrying security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-born suicide bomber. Forty CRPF personnel lost their lives. The attack happened at Lethpora in the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir.
In another one of the alleged chats, the senior journalist seems to have had prior information of some “sensitive events” and details, three days before Balakot airstrikes actually happened. “Bigger than a normal airstrike. And on the same time something major on Kashmir. On Pakistan the government is confident of striking in a way that people will be elated. Exact words used.”
Abrogation of Article 370
These alleged chats also revealed that the Republic TV Editor had met the National Security Advisor just two days before the abrogation of Article 370. According to the leaked SMSs, Goswami had allegedly sent ‘50 strong crew to Jammu and Kashmir on August 3. This is just two days ahead of the announcement.
The alleged leaked WhatsApp texts also show how Goswami’s reaction was towards Ex-Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s death. He wrote in his conversation on August 19, 2019, “Jaitley stretching it,” adding, “PMO doesn’t know what to do, pm leaving on Wednesday for France.” He again writes, “one of my meetings in Delhi this week gets pushed because of this.”
Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan
In the alleged leaked texts, Goswami talks with another person who termed actor Hrithik Roshan as “dumb” and Kangana Ranaut as “schizophrenic,” to which the editor adds, “she has eroto mania” and “that she is sexually possessed with him.”
These messages were allegedly exchanged between Arnab Goswami- Republic TV editor and Partho Dasgupta- the former chief executive officer of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) discussing ways to “manipulate ratings.”
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