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Arnab Goswami arrested by Maharashtra Police in 2018 suicide case. They beat me up, he alleges

A police team went to Arnab Goswami’s house early Wednesday and took him away in a convoy of vehicles, visuals on Republic TV showed.

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Mumbai/New Delhi: Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami was arrested by the Maharashtra Police Wednesday in connection with a 2018 case in which he was alleged to have abetted the suicide of an architect and his mother.

A police team went to Goswami’s house early Wednesday and picked him up and took him away in a convoy of vehicles, visuals on Republic TV showed. The channel said police had barged into Goswami’s house and alleged that the journalist had also been assaulted.

Mumbai Police inspector Sachin Waze, who Republic TV said led the team to Goswami’s house, told the channel that he had been arrested for abetment and aiding suicide.

“They did not let me meet my family…they beat my son, mere bete ko maara,” Goswami was shown by the channel as saying through the grills of a police vehicle in which he was being taken away.

Mumbai Police spokesperson S. Chaitanya told ThePrint that Goswami was arrested by the Raigad police. “Mumbai Police has nothing to do with Goswami’s arrest. We didn’t arrest him. Raigad police have arrested him,” he said.

The 2018 suicide case, which took place in Raigad district, was reopened by the Maharashtra government earlier this year. Goswami and two others were booked by the Alibaug police for allegedly abetting the suicide of 53-year-old Anvay Naik and his mother.

In his suicide note, Anvay had reportedly claimed that Goswami and the two others — Feroz Shaikh of IcastX/Skimedia, a media services firm, and Niteesh Sarda of Smart work, which provides “flexible workspaces” — owed him a total of Rs 5.4 crore.

According to the FIR, ARG Outlier Media, the Goswami-owned parent company of Republic TV, owed Rs 83 lakh to the architect, who owned a firm called Concorde Designs Pvt. Ltd.


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Justice to Naik’s family, says Congress

In a video message after Goswami’s arrest, Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the action is a “shradhanjali” to Naik.

“Goswami’s arrest is justice to Naik’s family. The Fadnavis government didn’t let justice be delivered. Naik died by suicide because he couldn’t take the financial burden. However, no action was taken against Arnab even though the suicide note clearly mentioned him. He wasn’t even called for inquiry. Fadnavis was under pressure because he runs the Modi government’s agenda. That’s why he was protected. We support this investigation,” Sawant said.

In a video byte sent to ThePrint, Rajya Sabha MP and NCP leader Majeed Memon said, “Goswami’s arrest by Raigad police for alleged abetment of suicide has made big news. The reactions from the Centre, including from Cabinet ministers appears to be hasty. Only when the accused is put before the court that we will know about the facts.”

He added: “I think his arrest shouldn’t be treated singularly on a different yardstick because he happens to be a blue eyed boy for the Union ministry. The Centre seems to be displeased over his arrest.”

Republic TV has also been accused by the Mumbai Police of being involved in a TRP manipulation racket. The channel and two other Marathi TV channels were booked by Mumbai Police last month for allegedly fudging TRPs to gain an edge over rivals.

Subsequently, Mumbai Police booked senior editors and newsroom staff of the news channel for airing news about a “revolt” within the force against Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh.


Also read: How media has hit the self-destruct button in Arnab’s Republic-vs-other TV channels war


‘Fascist move’

The BJP came out in strong support of Arnab Goswami, led by Union ministers Smriti Irani and Prakash Javadekar, with #IndiaWithArnab trending on Twitter.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said he “condemned” the attack on press freedom in Maharashtra.

Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development, said those in the free press who don’t stand up in support of Arnab “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,” she tweeted.

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal called the arrest a “fascist move” and “a sign of undeclared emergency”.

BJP president J.P. Nadda said the action was “shameful”.

Assam BJP leader and minister Himanta Biswa Sarma condemned the “politically motivated Mumbai police action”.

BJP national general secretary (orangisation) B.L. Santosh called for media houses and editors to “condemn this act unsparingly”.

He also said this was “a worst form of Police State”, drawing comparison to “1975 under Smt Indira Gandhi”.

BJP leader Sambit Patra tweeted in Hindi: “What happened with Arnab Goswami today can also happen to you tomorrow .. if you do not raise your voice against untruth !!.”

BJP national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia called this “a text book case of malafide prosecution & arrest” and said the Maharashtra government is “murdering democracy”.

Senior lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani said the the arrest is “totally malafide”. “Instead of ignoring Arnabs challenge to arrest him the State has shown arrogance,” he tweeted.

Actor Kangana Ranaut posted a video on Twitter, questioning the arrest.

This report has been updated with comment from the police and reactions from political parties. 

Also read: J&K to Kerala, Gujarat, Bengal — Journalists across India face police action, even for tweets


 

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12 COMMENTS

  1. He wasn’t assaulted ….. he had to be hauled off when he refused to budge. Can’t expect the police to stand around all day, they had a valid legal warrant to arrest him. Goswami milked the arrest to the fullest, creating a drama in line with his trademark raucous behavior to garner sympathy and feed his own narrative. Everyone is liable to be booked for breaking the law, be they a journalist, politician, police officer or any other citizen. Creating a scene and resisting arrest is not the mark of a civilized society. If this guy is not guilty then the court will release him, we need not worry too much. If there is to be any shedding of tears, then let it be for the thousands rotting in our jails who lack the means to hire decent legal help to fight their cases in court, and languish for years on end in abysmal conditions. As for Mr. Goswami, if he is maltreated (or even if he is not!) then I am sure the whole world will hear of it with maximum possible embellishment!

  2. Where are neetish sarda and firoz shaikh? Why aren’t they arrested? In fact in one of the reports i read online it was mentioned that shaikh owed naik 4cr rs.

  3. I think the Mumbai Police were extremely patient when they knocked at Arnab’s door and waited for over 2 hours (for Arnab and his wife to open the door). They explained the process well – told him about his rights, waited in patience, and also gave them a copy of the order (which Arnab’s wife tore it down). I am surprised with some of our Union Ministers’ reaction – “at the arrest of Arnab Goswami, who hasn’t paid over Rs. 83 Lakhs to an Interior Designer, abetting the latter’s suicide, who has named 3 people including Mr. Goswami for this doing in a suicide note.”
    Where were these Union Ministers when: 1) a teenager was raped, murdered in BJP governed Hathras, Uttar Pradesh and her body was hurriedly cremeated forcibly by the government and police high-handedness, against the wishes of the victim’s parents. 2) When journalists who were trying to visit the victim’s family was put behind bars, while trying to enter Hathras limits – or 3) When Journalist Gowri Lankesh was murdered?

    Or Is the BJP scared that this might tumble down some flaws and corruptions that was perhaps used to hurriedly close this case 3 years back by the then BJP Maha Govt? #ISUPPORTMAHAPOLICE and salute to the police personnel who performed their duties with such grace and patience. If Uttar Pradesh and Kashmir are integral parts of India, the Union Ministers should start working on FREE PRESS in Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh first – before pointing fingers at all others!

  4. Theprint has been for long hiding behind the mask of digital and honest media but they are nothing more than a mouthpiece of R yes yes

  5. Senseless act. They should have listened to Shekhar Ji’s opinion on good/bad journalism and journalist, especially pertaining to Arnab. They should have conducted the enquiry & based on that they could have arrested if it is necessary, like in all other cases normally they do or supposed to do.

    Now they again fall flat before the court for their action with the probable stricture’ comments. It is not a secret politically motivated action. Not only the Republic editor, but it may also happen to other editors, also maybe for different reasons. Now it is the time to curb this one-man upmanship showing by the Establishment, irrespective of competition, rival media guy.
    Republic Channel has exceeded its eyeballs to unimaginable heights. Of course, Arnab & staff may have put into suffering a little. Really, really it is a foolish act. The other day when state HM was talking about this, he & his team must have a plan in place.
    This is the last straw of the MVA government, which dug their own grave kind of thing.
    Thanks

    • Did UP police do enquiries before they held that Kerala journalist in Hathras? It’s about time those in power walked the talk about Press freedom and Democracy. Release all journalists held by police. Some of them arrested even for just a tweet.

  6. Folks, wake up before it it is too late. Your reporting reeks of bias. You have not mentioned the Press Guild statement. You have not mentioned that it is inappropriate for police to storm into a media person critical of reporting. You have not mentioned the number and designation of police men sent for a standard arrest. You have not mentioned anything that talks against what seems an attack on the media. Shekhar ji does some useful videos on YouTube. But if you continue this way, all will go down the drain.

  7. Well how is Congress different? And very surprising that other media outlets are keeping mum? You are creating a precedence. You will have to right to complain when the same happens to you!

  8. All print as well as digital media should rise above their intra differences and unitedly stand behind Arnab Goswami. Arnab is a patriot and calls spade a spade.
    Mumbai Police is being used to play vendetta politics. Tomorrow they will come after you one by one.

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