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Tortured, not allowed to speak to lawyer, alleges Arnab Goswami

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Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, who is behind bars in connection with an abetment to suicide case, has alleged that he was being tortured and not allowed to speak to his lawyers. He made the allegations on Sunday 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.

Arnab Goswami arrested on Nov 4

Arnab Goswami was arrested on November 4 from his Lower Parel residence in connection with the abetment to suicide case of interior designer Anvay Naik. Since his arrest, he was kept at a primary school that has been converted into a COVID-19 facility.

The senior journalist was supposed to be shifted to the Alibaug jail after he completed his quarantine period in the COVID-19 facility. However, the authorities were prompted to shift him to another jail as he was found using someone else’s mobile phone in the COVID-19 facility. Arnab will now be kept in the quarantine centre of the Taloja jail before being shifted to the barrack.

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Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court has reserved its order on the interim bail plea of Goswami. The high court bench of Justice SS Shinde and MS Karnik is likely to pronounce the order after 3 pm on November 9.

A sessions court in Alibaug will also hear the police’s plea challenging a magistrate’s order denying it custody of the journalist.

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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