Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch team arrested Shirish Satish Pattanshetty and Narayan Nandkishore Sharma, owners of two channels ‘Fakta Marathi’ and ‘Box Cinema’, along with Vishal Bhandari, a former employee of Hansa Company, and Bombalpallyrao Narayan Mistry. Assistant Commissioner Shashank Sandbhor, c. Income. Sachin Tendulkar’s team is conducting a thorough investigation into the allegations and summons are being issued to those whose names come to light. Shashi Sinha of Lintas and Madison advertising agency and Sam Balsara of Madison were interrogated for eight hours on Saturday. How many channels have been advertised by your agency in the last two years? The delegates were informed on what basis the advertisement was placed and how much was charged. Also who exactly was in contact with this representative through the channels? Information about this was also taken. Apart from this, out of 83 barometers owned by Vishal Bhandari, the police have recorded the answers of 38 families.
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While questioning the representatives of the advertising agency, Mumbai Police today issued summons to six more persons. Republic Network CEO Vikas Khanchandani, Chief Operating Officer Harsh Bhandari, Priya Mukherjee, Distribution Head Ghanshyam Singh and two other officials of Hansa Company.
Meanwhile, Republic TV has taken the matter to the Supreme Court. Our application is expected to be heard in the Supreme Court within a week. Republican CFO Shiva Subramaniam Sundaram is said to have requested that no reply be filed till then.
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