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Former BARC CEO admitted to hospital, kin allege communication gap

Dasgupta was taken to hospital hours after WhatsApp chats between him and Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, included in the Mumbai Police's supplementary chargesheet against the BARC CEO in the TRP scam, became public.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: January 17, 2021 9:43:01 am
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FORMER BROADCAST Audience Research Council (BARC) CEO Partho Dasgupta (55), who is in judicial custody at Taloja Jail for his alleged role in the TRP scam, has been admitted to JJ Hospital after a bout of breathlessness.

Dasgupta was admitted to the ICU on Friday afternoon and put on oxygen support, confirmed JJ Hospital Dean Dr Ranjit Mankeshwar.

An officer with the Crime Intelligence Unit probing the TRP scam said Dasgupta had been diagnosed with a sudden spike in his blood sugar levels.

Dasgupta was taken to hospital hours after WhatsApp chats between him and Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, included in the Mumbai Police’s supplementary chargesheet against the BARC CEO in the TRP scam, became public. The conversations contained appeals by him to the television anchor to use his political influence to get regulators off BARC’s back, with Goswami assuring him all help.

In an open letter to PM Narendra Modi posted on social media on Saturday, Dasgupta’s daughter Pratyusha alleged the family was informed nearly 14 hours after his hospitalisation.

Her post said her mother received a call to reach JJ Hospital at 3am on Saturday, “since my father was brought in there. The doctors asked us why no one from the family had come there since he had been brought to the hospital in an unconscious state at 1pm.”

She added that when asked why the family was not informed for 14 hours, the reason provided was: “They did not have our phone numbers to contact us and hence waited till my father was conscious enough to give them my mother’s phone number. This, in spite of several mails we have sent to jail authorities requesting permission to reach my father, with my phone number mentioned at the end of the text.”

Dasgupta said, “He has been suffering from a number of serious ailments for many years, including diabetes, hypertension and ankylosing spondylitis, an auto-immune disorder. We have constantly been trying to contact jail authorities regarding his health.”

An officer, however, said, “Doctors at Taloja prison were monitoring his health and he was allowed medication. He may not have taken the medication, which led to his sugar levels shooting up”.

Police had, last week, filed a chargesheet against Dasgupta, alleging he had received monetary benefits from Goswami to ensure the Republic channels topped the TRP list.

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