Republic TV's Arnab Goswami moves Bombay HC, challenges his 'illegal arrest' by Maharashtra police- The New Indian Express

Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami strikes Bombay HC, challenges his ‘unlawful arrest’ by Maharashtra police- The New Indian Specific

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By PTI

MUMBAI: Republic TV editor-in chief Arnab Goswami has petitioned the Bombay Excessive Courtroom difficult his “unlawful arrest” in a 2018 case of abetment of suicide of an inside designer, and sought quashing of the FIR lodged in opposition to him by Alibaug police in Maharashtra. A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik will hear the plea on Thursday afternoon.

Goswami was arrested on Wednesday from his residence at Decrease Parel in Mumbai for allegedly abetting the suicide of inside designer Anvay Naik, and was taken to the Alibaug police station in neighbouring Raigad district.

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He was later produced earlier than a Justice of the Peace’s court docket in Alibaug which remanded him in judicial custody until November 18. Goswami is at present stored at a neighborhood college which has been designated as a COVID-19 centre for the Alibaug jail.

In his petition, Goswami has challenged his “unlawful arrest” and sought an pressing order of keep within the investigation into the case and likewise a route to the police to launch him instantly. The plea has additionally sought the FIR in opposition to him to be quashed.

It alleged that Goswami was assaulted by the police staff that barged into his home on Wednesday. “He has been wrongly and illegally arrested in a motivated, false and closed case. That is one other try of political witch-hunt and vendetta politics in opposition to the petitioner and his channel,” the petition stated.

“The arrest was carried out in blatant violation of the elemental rights to life and private liberty of the petitioner (Goswami) and his dignity. The petitioner and his son have been assaulted and dragged into the police van when Goswami was arrested,” it added.

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As per the plea, the investigation into the case was closed final yr and a closure report was filed which was accepted by Chief Judicial Justice of the Peace of the Alibaug court docket by an order dated April 16, 2019. “It’s surprising {that a} case that was decisively closed has been reopened with the only objective of misusing energy, concocting details and forcibly arresting the petitioner in a first-rate facie act of revenge and vengeance for his information protection which questioned these in energy in Maharashtra,” the petition stated.

The petition claimed that in Might 2018, the police had recorded the statements of Goswami and two senior officers of the Republic TV and after conducting a radical investigation, the case was closed. “The petitioner had at the moment supplied detailed paperwork to the police in relation to the enterprise transactions with the deceased’s firm and had absolutely cooperated within the matter,” the petition stated.

It additionally stated Goswamis firm ARG Outlier Pvt Ltd had paid over 90 per cent of the quantity as a result of deceased Anvay Naiks firm Concorde Designs, as per the contract. “In July 2019, the whole stability quantity due was transferred to the checking account of Naik’s firm however the quantity returned as a result of the account was inoperative,” the petition stated.

It stated the petitioner has been absolutely cooperating with the police prior to now and can proceed doing so in future additionally.

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