Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has moved the Bombay High Court challenging his arrest in an abetment to suicide case. Arnab Goswami has appealed the court to quash the FIR lodged against him by the Alibaug police in this regard.
Arnab Goswami was arrested by the Raigad police on Wednesday from his Lower Parel residence in Mumbai. He was arrested in connection with an abetment to suicide case filed against him and two others in 2018. Notably, the police have reopened investigations in the case.
Following his arrest, Arnab was produced before a magistrate’s court in Alibaug which remanded him in judicial custody till November 18.
Meanwhile, the high court has issued notice to the respondents in the case and sought a reply from them. The court will further hear the matter on Friday. The court also impleaded Akshata Naik as a party in the case. She was the one who registered the FIR against Arnab and others following the death of her husband Anvay Naik.
In his petition, Goswami has challenged his “illegal arrest” and sought an urgent stay in the investigation. He has also requested the court to direct the police to release him immediately. Goswami has also sought the quashing of the FIR registered against him.
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The petition provides that Goswami was assaulted by the police team that barged into his house on Wednesday, an allegation that was levelled by Goswami’s wife.
“He has been wrongly and illegally arrested in a motivated, false and closed case. This is another attempt of political witch-hunt and vendetta politics against the petitioner and his channel,” the petition said.
Interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik were found dead at their bungalow in Alibaug in May 2018. Naik’s daughter Adnya claimed non-payment of dues by Republic TV had driven her father and grandmother to suicide.
The police had found a suicide note written in English that said he and his mother decided to take the extreme step on account of payments due to them not being cleared by the owners of three companies – television journalist Arnab Goswami of Republic TV, Feroz Shaikh of IcastX/Skimedia and Niteish Sarda of Smartworks.
The three firms owed Naik’s company, Concorde Designs Pvt Ltd, Rs 83 lakh, Rs 4 crore and Rs 55 lakh respectively, the note added.
In May this year, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said the state CID will re re-investigate the case. The case was closed by the Raigad Police last year.
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