Bengaluru: Editor-in-Chief of news website The News Minute, Dhanya Rajendran on Thursday took a dig at Arnab Goswami and his channel Republic TV after the latter served a notice of The News Minute over what The News Minute said was an “error”.

Earlier, The News Minute had published a news article titled “Explainer: BARC audit report shows employees colluded to change channel ratings”. The article was published on the website on January 26. In response to the article, the Republic TV sent a legal notice to the website alleging the website tried to “falsely and maliciously concoct a story about findings on Mr. Dasgupta to any specific “exchanges” with Mr. Goswami.”

The News Minute on Thursday posted a corrigendum through their official Twitter handle and wrote “A section in the article said that the BARC Audit report came to a conclusion on the basis of Partho Dasgupta's exchanges with Arnab Goswami. This was an error”.

In another tweet, The News Minute wrote “The conclusion was based on exchanges between Partho Dasgupta and several people in BARC and three emails he sent Arnab Goswami before the launch of Republic TV. The error is regretted”.

The Republic TV was quick to seize the opportunity and responded with a reply to the tweet adding that the corrigendum from The News Minute was in response to the legal notice it served to the company.

The Republic replied “This is in response to a legal notice we served today to @thenewsminute through our lawyer Tanmaya Mehta on the false reporting in @thenewsminute trying to falsely & maliciously concoct a story about findings on Mr. Dasgupta to any specific “exchanges” with Mr Goswami.”

Dhanya Rajendran who heads the news website took a dig at Republic TV and its Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami without naming him and wrote “we are decent journalists who may make small mistakes, but will own up to them, as opposed to bullies with powerful friends in Lutyens Delhi.”

Dhanya further slammed Republic adding “They spew venom, insuinate, gloat over TRPs covering deaths, then serve notices.”

The online spat between Dhanya Rajendran and the Republic TV comes amidst the controversy over the alleged leaked WhatsApp chat of Arnab Goswami with Partho Dasgupta, the former Chairman of BARC which has triggered a nationwide outrage against Goswami and his channel.

Goswami in the alleged leaked chat is seen sending text messages to Dasgupta celebrating the dastardly Pulwama attack.

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Bengaluru, Jun 12: Karnataka police on Saturday said they have busted a Rs 290 crore plus scam that involved duping people through a mobile app after promising attractive interest on investment and two Chinese nationals were among the nine arrested.

The scam, aided by shell companies, is linked to money laundering and the suspected kingpin is a Kerala based business man with proximity to Chinese 'hawala' operators, they said.

Cyber Crime Division of CID said it has arrested accused persons, including two Chinese nationals, two Tibetans and five others acting as directors of the companies involved, and a search is on for the rest.

A complaint from Razor pay Software Private Limited said accused persons availed 'payment solutions' from them, claiming that they are in gaming, social and e-commerce businesses.

They, however, defrauded the company by using computer resources and by deviating from their original, registered line of business, the plaint said.

They started routing their transactions to collect payments from a different business named "Powerbank", an app listed in Google Playstore, cyber police said in a release.

Through customer complaints, the complainant company got to know that public invested money in the "Powerbank" app to earn interest on the invested amount.

The accused persons, after accepting the investments, neither gave the agreed interest nor the principal amount and cheated customers.

A case was registered under the Information Technology Act and 420 IPC (Cheating), the CCD said and added that the investigating team were successful in arresting nine men.

During investigation, it was found that Anas Ahmed, a Kerala based businessman, is the main person involved.

"We have also identified that he has very proximate connections with the Chinese hawala operators, which has come to light during the course of the investigation.

He had opened shell companies in the name of Bull Finch Technologies, H & S ventures and Clifford ventures to route the fraud money. Anas Ahamed is married to Chinese national and incidentally he did his studies in China," police said in the release.

Online applications hosted by him were later camouflaged and converted into different apps including Power Bank application, seeking investment from the public and promising good returns, the CCD said.

An unusual spike was seen in investments on the day Anees Ahmed announced much higher returns.

Subsequently, such apps were removed from Google Playstore and other websites and he absconded with the money.

Investigation showed Rs 290 crore inflow into his bank accounts and the CCD was successful in freezing a significant portion of it. There was a huge spike in opening of shell companies since November 2020.

"We have also observed that the Chinese handlers are in possession of a huge number of shell companies and bank accounts. Lured by the offer of the Chinese nationals, many innocent Indians and Tibetans have fallen in their trap to open shell companies and open bank accounts for them."