Arnab Goswami arrested by the Mumbai police on old suicide abetment case

Arnab Goswami arrested by the Mumbai police on old suicide abetment case
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The Editor-in-chief of Republic TV Arnab Goswami was arrested by Alibarg Police on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, from his residence at Lower Parel in Mumbai in connection with the suicide case of 53 years old interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik in 2018. After reaching Alibarg he will be taken to the court for further investigation.

"We condemn the attack on press freedom in Maharashtra. This is not the way to treat the Press. This reminds us of the emergency days when the press was treated like this," Prakash Javadekar tweeted as reports emerged of Arnab Goswami's arrest", tweeted Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

On May 2018, Anvay Naik and Kumud Naik was found dead at their residence at Kavir village of Alibarg Taluka. Later, a complaint was lodged by Naik’s wife Akshata. A suicide note was found in which diseased alleged that they were forced to take their lives cause alleged was not paid his dues amounting Rs 5.40 crore by Arnab Goswami, Feroz Shaikh and Nitin Sharda as identified. As per the lodged complained it was said that Goswami had not paid due of Rs 83 lakhs for the Bombay Dyeing Studio project. 

Earlier in 2019, the case was shut by the local police due to lack in evidence after investigation. The case was reopened when the Maharashtra Home Minister claimed that the investigation by the police was not done properly and appealed for reinvestigation 

The Republic TvVreports claim that Arnab was physically assaulted by the police officers during his arrest and was forced into a police van. The reporters were blocked from entering his house.

Goswami's wife Samyabrata Ray told that the policemen barged into their residence at 7.55 am, carrying cameras and refusing to let the family contact a lawyer. "They thrashed Arnab and held him by his hair. I was writing on a paper about what was going on. They snatched the papers from me and told me I am not allowed to write anything," she said.

The people in support of Goswami took a rally wearing black and white t-shirts and carrying templates of supporting Goswami. According to the reports of Republic TV the people marched from Malad towards the statue of Veer Savarkar to express their solidarity towards the Network and Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. 

Earlier, he has also been booked for two cases under various sections of Indian Penal Code. The defamation of congress leader Sonia Gandhi in a national television debate on Palghar mob lynching incident and Bandra station was one. He has also been pressed charges against provocation to riots, promoting enmity and criminal conspiracy.