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Arnab: My life is under threat, please tell the people

Arnab Goswami was moved from the quarantine centre in a police van with black screens on its windows to prevent him from being seen

Republic TV’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami made a disconcerting revelation as police moved him today from the quarantine centre in Alibaug to Taloja Jail. He had been in judicial custody for four days. 

Police moved Arnab Goswami from the quarantine centre in a van with black screens on its windows to prevent him from being seen.

“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”, screamed Arnab Goswami from the van before a policemen blocked him from speaking.

After the Alibaug chief judicial magistrate on 4 November had sent Arnab to 14 days judicial custody, the Bombay High Court on 7 November, reserved the order in the plea challenging Arnab’s arrest following which it was announced that the verdict will be pronounced at 3 pm on 9 November. The authority did not intimate Arnab Goswami’s lawyers about their decision to move him, sources said.

Arnab: Not being allowed to talk to lawyers

Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on 8 November said he had been subjected to torture and was not being allowed to talk to his lawyers. A video released by the Republic TV showed him speaking to media from the police van which shifted him from Alibaug primary school in Raigad district to Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai.

“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 was arrested on 4 November from his Lower Parel residence in connection with 2018’s abetment to suicide case of interior designer Anvay Naik who, in his suicide note, had blamed Goswami and two others for his and his mother’s suicide. Since 4 November, he was lodged at the primary school which has been converted into a COVID-19 facility. Now, he will be kept for a few days in a quarantine centre inside Taloja jail before he is shifted to the barrack, Kaushtubh Kurlekar, superintendent of police (SP), Taloja Jail, said.

Goswami was supposed to be moved to the Alibaug Jail after he finished his quarantine period in the COVID-19 facility. But the decision to shift him to another jail was prompted by Goswami’s alleged act of using someone’s mobile phone in the quarantine centre.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police on 8 November detained BJP leaders Kapil Mishra and Tajinder Bagga and foiled their bid to hold a protest at Rajghat in support of Arnab Goswami.

Two hearings in the suicide abetment case are scheduled on 9 November.

The Bombay High Court will pronounce its order on Goswami’s interim bail application. On 7 November, a division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik had, after a day-long hearing in the pleas, reserved its order without granting any immediate relief.

The sessions court at Alibaug will hear the police’s plea challenging the magistrate’s order which denied them Goswami’s custody.

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