Republic TV challenge to Mumbai Police summons dismissed as withdrawn, channel to approach Bombay HC in TRP Scam

    The writ petition filed by Republic TV in the Supreme Court challenging the summons issued to the channel by the Mumbai Police in relation to the TRP scam has now been dismissed as withdrawn.

    The matter was heard on October 15, by a Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee.

    At the outset, Justice DY Chandrachud told Senior Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the petitioners,

    “Your client’s office is in Worli, you can go to Flora Fountain and approach the Bombay High Court under Article 226 or Section 482.”

    Justice Indu Malhotra agreed, saying, “We are only saying approach the High Court first.”

    Justice Chandrachud then expressed concern as to how police commissioners are giving interviews to the press these days.

    Senior Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the petitioners agreed to withdraw the plea and approach the Bombay HC to seek relief in the matter.

    The writ petition that has now been withdrawn challenged the summons issued on October 9 to the CFO of the Republic Media Network in connection with investigation in the TRP Scam case.

    The CFO had requested the Mumbai Police to halt its probe in relation to the network and its employees till the matter was heard in the Supreme Court.