Moments after his release from the Taloja jail after the Supreme Court order, Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami launched a stinging attack on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for getting him arrested in a “fake case”.
Notably, Arnab Goswami was arrested from his Lower Parel residence on November 4 in connection with an abetment to suicide case of 2018. His interim bail plea was rejected by the Bombay High Court, but the senior journalist was successful in getting interim bail from the Supreme Court. The SC observed that it will be a “travesty of justice” if personal liberty is curtailed.
Goswami was released on Wednesday night and he straightaway went to the Republic studio from there.
Arnab Goswami attacks Maharashtra CM
Following his release, Arnab Goswami said, “Uddhav Thackeray, listen to me. You lost. You have been defeated.”
“Uddhav Thackeray, you arrested me in an old, fake case and did not even apologise to me.”
“The game has just begun,” he said and announced that he will launch Republic TV channel in every language and also have a presence in international media.
Saying he apprehended being arrested again, Goswami said, “I will launch (the channels) even from inside the jail and you (Thackeray) won’t be able to do anything.”
Thanking the Supreme Court for granting him interim bail, Goswami spoke a few words in Marathi, rounding off with the ”Jai Maharashtra” slogan.
Arnab attacks Mumbai police commissioner
Arnab Goswami also singled out Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh for his ”illegal” arrest on November 4 in a 2018 suicide abetment case.
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He said that while in Taloja jail since November 8, he was subjected to three rounds of police interrogation.
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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