The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to transfer a case against Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami to the to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The case pertained to a news programme on the Palghar mob-lynching incident. Another petition filed by Goswami to quash the FIRs has also been dismissed.
“There can be no quashing of FIR under Article 32. The petitioner has the liberty to pursue a remedy before the competent court. The FIR does not cover offences of criminal defamation, therefore it is not necessary to address prayer on that issue,” a legal news website quoted the court as saying.
Earlier Goswami had approached the SC following which it had directed that no coercive action be taken against him in the fresh FIR lodged by Mumbai police. Goswami had claimed in the top court that he was interrogated by Mumbai Police for over 12 and one of the two investigating officers probing the case had also tested positive for Covid-19.
The Maharashtra state had also moved the apex court alleging that Goswami was misusing protection granted by the top court by bullying the police.