Editor-in-chief of Republic TV Arnab Goswami has moved the Supreme Court, challenging the Bombay High Court order on 9 November that had denied him interim bail in the 2018 abetment to suicide case.
The Bombay HC had asked Goswami to move a lower court for regular bail as an alternative method of legal remedy, which was available to petitioners as an option. The bench comprising Justice MS Karnik and Justice SS Shinde had stated that “no case was made out in the present matter for the high court to exercise its extraordinary jurisdiction”.
Goswami had moved the Alibaug Sessions Court for bail, but the police were granted three days to question him until when he had to stay in their custody.
Mumbai Police had arrested Arnab Goswami from his Lower Parel residence in Mumbai on 4 November in connection with the case of suicide of interior designer Anvay Naik, which had been closed in 2018 for lack of evidence in support of the allegation.
A video had gone viral showing Goswami resisting his arrest at his home. Later, he had been produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunaina Pingle who had remanded the Republic TV founder to judicial custody till 18 November.
Naik had apparently left behind a suicide note alleging that Goswami, Feroze Shaikh and Nitish Sarda, had not cleared his dues to the tune of Rs 5 crore and that caused extreme financial distress.
The case has assumed political colour especially as the 2018 case has been recently reopened and had been closed earlier.
Earlier, Arnab had said that My life is under threat. I am not allowed to speak to my lawyers. I was pushed and assaulted this morning. They woke me up at 6 AM. They said I will not let you speak to the lawyers. I want to tell the people of the country that my life is under threat.
“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.