Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has been granted interim bail by the Supreme Court in an abetment to suicide case. Arnab Goswami had moved the apex court against the order of the Bombay High Court that denied him bail in the case.
While granting interim bail to Arnab Goswami, a division bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indira Banerjee criticised the Maharashtra government for the arrest of Arnab. It said that it would be a travesty of justice if the personal liberty of a person is curtailed like this.
“We are seeing case after case where high courts are not granting bail and failing to protect the personal liberty of people,” the SC said.
The apex court, however, clarified that Arnab Goswami will have to cooperate in the probe.
The bench also said that Arnab Goswami and the two other accused in the case should be released on a bond of Rs 50,000 and directed the Mumbai Police Commissioner to ensure that the order is followed immediately.
HC refused bail to Arnab Goswami
The Bombay High Court had on November 9 refused to provide any interim relief to Arnab Goswami. The development meant that Arnab Goswami, who was arrested on November 4 in connection with an abetment to suicide case, will have to stay in jail.
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A division bench, pronouncing its order, had 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.
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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