Arnab Goswami, Republic TV editor-in-chief, who had been arrested on Wednesday by Mumbai police hasn’t received any interim relief as the Bombay high court adjourned his plea of challenging his “illegal arrest. The court will hear his plea on Friday further asking Goswami to make an original informant party to his petition.
Arnab Goswami was arrested in connection with the suicide of an architect and his mother in 2018. The Bombay High Court said it wants to hear the matter “in detail”, said a two-member bench of the court that denied Mr. Goswami’s plea, and further listed the matter for 3 PM Friday.
Goswami was sent to 14 days’ judicial custody yesterday by a Mumbai court while dismissing a similar demand from Mumbai Police. At the same time, the court also dismissed Mr. Goswami’s charge that he had been physically assaulted while being arrested, an allegation he made several times in the day.
However, his lawyers had described and equated the refusal of police custody with a win. In its statement, Republic TV stated that Mr. Goswami’s arrest was part of “a larger vindictive exercise against an independent journalist & news network. This is to bring to light real facts on unfounded allegations in a closed case based on which Arnab Goswami was assaulted and arrested”.
Goswami is currently lodged at a local school designated as a Covid-19 center for the Alibaug prison. Goswami and the Maharashtra government had been at loggerheads since the last few months and his arrest has been touted largely as a vendetta.