Republic TV has sent a legal notice to The Indian Express against the news report published by the latter, claiming that Arnab Goswami bribed former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta to raise TRP rankings, Live Law reported.
The notice asked Express to remove the allegedly false news report from all media and to publish an unconditional apology to Republic TV for reporting fake stories and issue a corrigendum clarifying the correct facts, in all print and digital media, and other social media platforms.
The legal notice claimed that, the aforementioned report titled 'Arnab Goswami paid me $12,000 and Rs 40 lakh to fix ratings: Partho Dasgupta' is part of a vicious and vexatious campaign to tarnish the reputation of Arnab Goswami and ARG Outlier Media Private Limited.
"The very headline of your news report would mislead any reader into wrongly believing that, as a matter of fact, payments were made by our client, Mr Goswami, to Mr Partho Dasgupta. Such a headline is squarely deliberate and mischievous. Furthermore, the news report then deliberately omits to mention that the above statement was extracted by the Mumbai police from Mr Partho Dasgupta under coercion and duress, is inadmissible in law, and has already been denied by Mr Dasgupta himself," the notice said.