The Bombay High Court has refused to provide any interim relief to Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. The development means that Arnab Goswami, who was arrested on November 4 in connection with an abetment to suicide case, will have to stay in jail.
A division bench, pronouncing its order, said that no case was made out by Goswami for the high court to exercise its extraordinary jurisdiction. The high court said that the senior journalist can approach the lower court to seek bail.
Arnab had contended before the court that the reopening of the 2018 case and his arrest in this connection was illegal. The high court, however, said that reopening of the investigation by the Maharashtra police cannot be termed as irregular or illegal by any stretch of imagination.
Interestingly, just before the hearing in the high court, Arnab Goswami moved a bail plea before the sessions court. The high court has directed the sessions court to decide on the plea within four days.
Tortured, not allowed to meet lawyers: Arnab Goswami
Arnab Goswami, on Sunday, alleged that he was being tortured and not allowed to speak to his lawyers while being shifted from Alibaug primary school to Navi Mumbai’s Taloja jail, a video released by his channel revealed.
“I had requested them please let me talk (to my lawyers). But they denied. I am telling everyone my life is at stake. My police custody was rejected. They tried to shift me at night only. Today morning they have dragged me. Everybody is seeing what is happening to me. They want to delay the process and keep me in jail. Please give me bail, I am appealing to the Supreme Court,” the 47-year-old journalist could be seen saying with folded hands in the video.
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 not 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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