Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami has been arrested by Alibaug Police on Wednesday morning in connection to the 2018 case wherein he was accused of abetting the suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother.
As per the FIR, Goswami had not paid his dues amounting to Rs 83 lakhs to Naik, who was forced to take the extreme step as he was not paid his dues collectively pitched at Rs 5.40 crore.
Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami was arrested today in a two-year-old suicide case in which investigations were reopened recently, the Mumbai police said. Several Union Ministers are among those who have condemned the arrest as a reminder of the Emergency.
After his arrest BJP and many supports have condemn the action of police
The Editors Guild of India in their press statement said that it is shocked to learn about the arrest of Arnab Goswami, editor-in chief of Republic TV, in the early hours of Wednesday by the Police. Goswami was arrested from his Mumbai residence on reportedly an abetment to suicide case. We condemn the sudden arrest and find it extremely distressing.
The Guild calls upon the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to ensure that Goswami is treated fairly and state power is not used against critical reporting by the media.
“Congress and its allies have shamed democracy once again. Blatant misuse of state power against Republic TV and Arnab Goswami is an attack on individual freedom and the 4th pillar of democracy. It reminds us of the Emergency. This attack on free press must be and WILL BE OPPOSED,” tweeted Home Minister Amit Shah as reports emerged of Arnab Goswami’s arrest.
“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,” posted Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar.
The arrest comes in the middle of investigations into a ratings scam and allegations that Republic TV is among three channels involved in manipulating TRPs or Television Rating Points by bribing households metred for viewership.