Mumbai: Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami was questioned by police here on Monday in a case against him for allegedly making defamatory statements against Congress president Sonia Gandhi in news shows on the recent mob lynching incident in adjoining Palghar district.
Goswami’s questioning took place at the NM Joshi Marg police station, central Mumbai, where the case against him has been filed by a local Congress member.
After coming out of the police station, Goswami claimed he was questioned for over 12 hours over his remarks against the Congress president, whose party is a constituent in the Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra.
Talking to reporters, Goswami stood by his comments against Gandhi and added “whatever I have said is absolutely correct”.
The TV journalist said he told the police his side of the story and they were “completely satisfied”.
Goswami he was served a notice by the police on Sunday asking him to appear on Monday morning for questioning.
“Facts and evidence have been presented and truth will prevail,” he said.
I am grateful to the Mumbai police for hearing me…
I stand by every single comment. We do not have any pressure and we will work more on the Palghar lynching incident,” he said.
His lawyer Sujoy Kanthawala said, Statement recording started around 9.30 in the morning. The TV programmes (where alleged anti-Gandhi remarks were made) were shown and Arnab fully cooperated in the investigation.
DCP (zone 3) Avinash Kumar said, “We have recorded his statement and further investigation was on.”
The Supreme Court on Friday protected Goswami for three weeks from any coercive action in FIR lodged against him for making alleged defamatory statements against Gandhi.
The alleged statements were made during news shows on the recent mob-lynching of three persons, including two sadhus, in Palghar district.
Except for one FIR lodged in Nagpur city against Goswami, the top court had stayed further proceedings in three FIRs and 11 complaints lodged in different states, including Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.
Goswami has said in his plea in the SC that the FIRs which have been registered are in relation to the broadcasts aired on Republic TV on April 16, and R. Bharat, its Hindi wing, on April 21.
These broadcasts were in connection with the comments given by a member of the Congress in relation to India’s COVID-19 testing measures and the unfortunate lynching of three individuals in Palghar on April 16, he had said in the plea.
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Truth prevails in the end , stop fighting n see for actual facts n proofs . But yes the country should know the journey of a lady into a famous leader ,be it good or bad .
Only Indian born should be in politics leadership. This bahurani is anti Hindu as was whole Nehru clan.
Arnab ko jail jana chahiye
Hope now the truth will be revealed.
It’s the good time for us to know who is what (both her and him )
The police must see this as an opportunity to investigate truth and put an end to the discussion on sonia carecter or role being questioned by arnab
. Hope arnab wins it . All the best
He is national unity and national security threat. He must be jailed. As long as he is allowed to speak he will only spit venom on minorities and functions as an attack dog of BJP.
When the ruling dispensation is fighting a pandemic…. The Congress and it’s constituents/ establishments are fighting Arnab…
They are on the right path and is a blessing in disguise for the Indian public…
Well done Congress.. Keep at this and don’t bother the government…
Was that a third degree questioning by the police? I wished it were.
The Italian is a virus worse than COVID-19. Wonder why does she not leave the country along with his Grand Kid Pappu and his group of corrupted, uncivilized barbarian horde which includes PC, KS, etc.
It seems you are very happy with the jackals and rhinos ruling the country.
jackals and rhinos are a lot better than pappu and antonia maino
No comparison of jackals and rhinos with Liars and cronicapitalists..!!
There is a limit for critical comments on opposition party leaders at the behest of rulers. Bitter lesson to be taught to this fellow and deserves. He is thinking very smart and wild /baseless allegations in the TV order of the day due to tacit support of rulers.
Defamatory remarks against Sonia Ji?
Is referring to a lady by her maiden name defamatory?
Are you joking?
Yes, you wont be able to know what is amiss here. It would be only when somebody does that to your female members- in content and in manner.
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