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Arnab Goswami moves SC after Bombay High Court rejects bail

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Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has moved the Supreme Court against the order of the Bombay High Court that denied him bail in an abetment to suicide case. Notably, Arnab Goswami was arrested by the Maharashtra police on November 4 from his Lower Parel residence and a magisterial court has sent him to 14 days judicial custody.

The senior journalist had approached the Bombay High Court contending that the reopening of the probe in the suicide case and his arrest was illegal. Goswami and his wife had earlier alleged that the senior journalist was manhandled, tortured and not allowed to speak to his lawyers.

HC refuses bail to Arnab Goswami

The Bombay High Court had on Monday refused to provide any interim relief to Goswami. The development meant that the senior journalist 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.

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The high court also remarked that the 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 on Monday, 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.

The case

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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