Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami has been arrested in a two-year-old suicide abetment case through which investigations have been reopened just lately, the Mumbai police mentioned at present. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, condemning what he referred to as an assault on press freedom in Maharashtra, mentioned the arrest “reminds us of the Emergency”.
“We condemn the assault on press freedom in Maharashtra. This isn’t the best way to deal with the Press. This reminds us of the emergency days when the press was handled like this,” Prakash Javadekar tweeted as studies emerged of Arnab Goswami’s arrest.
The Republic Editor-in-Chief has been arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of a 53-year-old inside designer, Anvay Naik, and his mom, in 2018.
We condemn the assault on press freedom in #Maharashtra. This isn’t the best way to deal with the Press. This reminds us of the emergency days when the press was handled like this.@PIB_India@DDNewslive@republic
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) November 4, 2020
Mr Goswami was arrested from his residence in Mumbai this morning. He claimed that he was manhandled by the police earlier than being pushed into their van.
Information company ANI quoted him as saying that Mumbai Police “bodily assaulted his mother-in-law and father-in-law, son and spouse”. In movies aired by Republic TV, policemen have been seen holding the Editor as they have been trying to take him away.
The architect had reportedly named Arnab Goswami in a suicide be aware and alleged non-payment of dues by Republic TV.
In Might, Maharashtra Dwelling Minister Anil Deshmukh had introduced that the suicide of architect Anvay Naik was being reinvestigated after a contemporary grievance by Adnya Naik, his daughter.
Mr Deshmukh had mentioned Adnya alleged that the Alibaug police had not investigated Republic’s function within the non-payment of dues, which, she claimed, drove her father and grandmother to suicide in Might 2018.
The arrest comes in the midst of Mr Goswami’s row with the Mumbai Police over its investigations right into a scores rip-off and allegations that Republic TV is amongst three channels concerned in manipulating TRPs or Tv Ranking Factors by bribing households metred for viewership.
The editor accused the police of harassing his journalists with summons and pursuing a vendetta over his channel’s criticism of Mumbai Police’s dealing with of the Sushant Singh Rajput case.
The early morning arrest fueled a deluge of posts on social media, with members of the ruling BJP alleging “fascism” by Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena-led coalition.
These within the free press who do not get up at present in assist of Arnab, you at the moment are tactically in assist of fascism. It’s possible you’ll not like him, chances are you’ll not approve of him,chances are you’ll despise his very existence however when you keep silent you assist suppression. Who speaks in case you are subsequent ?
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) November 4, 2020
— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) November 4, 2020
Mr Goswami was taken to Alibaug after his arrest, the police mentioned.
(With inputs from PTI)