Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has been detained by Mumbai Police on Wednesday as a 2018 abetment to suicide case has been reopened. This comes in the aftermath of Goswami’s ongoing ugly showdown with the force, the Maharashtra government.
As the case goes, back in May 2018, almost a year after Arnab’s Republic TV was launched, 53-year-old interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother committed suicide. Naik had left behind a suicide note accusing Goswami and two others of not paying him dues collectively amounting to Rs 5.40 crore.
However, the channel has come down heavily on the reopening of the case. Republic TV had put out a statement, hitting out at the Congress and accusing it of indulging in a “larger vindictive exercise against Republic Media Network.” The channel further refutes the claims and said that 90% dues had been paid to Naik and it had evidence to prove it had made repeated attempts to make a final settlement.
Arnab Goswami and the Maharashtra government have been at loggerheads over a slew of issues in recent days—primarily the Palghar lynching case, the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
Republic TV has been vehemently projecting the Maharashtra government in poor light because of the state police’s poor handling of the Palghar lynching case. The channel also remained heavily antagonistic of the state government’s handling of the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
The channel has been recently accused by the force of being involved in a ‘TRP scam.’ Due to all these reasons, Republic remained at the vortex of controversies for the past several months.
Meanwhile, BJP ministers have criticized his arrest. Union minister Smriti Irani has condemned this saying if those in the free press don’t stand up in support of him then they are tactically in support of fascism.
Irani, who is the Women and Child Development Minister, posted a tweet in support of Arnab Goswami. She tweeted: “Those in the free press who don’t stand up today in support of Arnab, you are now tactically in support of fascism. You may not like him, you may not approve of him, you may despise his very existence but if you stay silent you support suppression. Who speaks if you are next?”