Mumbai: The Bombay High Court will, on Thursday afternoon, hear a petition seeking quashing of an FIR filed against Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami in a 2018 abetment to suicide case.
The petition was filed on Wednesday and the court had directed the police to file a say today in the matter.
Goswami, who was arrested on Wednesday in the suicide case, was remanded by a local court to 14 days judicial custody.
The journalist, in his petition, has alleged that he was illegally arrested by police in a case which was closed by the court.
In May 2018, Anvay Naik, an interior designer as well as an architect, ended his life along with his mother Kumud Naik, allegedly over non-payments of Rs 5.40 crore dues of his company — Concorde Designs Pvt Ltd– by Goswami and two others.
As per the Naik’s daughter, Adnya, his father had mentioned about the three accused in his suicide letter.
The police reached Goswami’s Lower Parel house this morning and later took him in a police van to Alibaug PS were an FIR has been registered against the accused.
As per the police, Goswami has been booked under Indian Penal Code section 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 (acts done by persons in furtherance of common intention).
However, when the 47-year-old anchor was pushed inside the police van, he was heard alleging that police has ‘assaulted’ him.
The other two accused Feroz Shaikh of IcastX/Skimedia and Niteish Sarda of Smartworks, have already been arrested, police said. In the evening, another FIR was lodged against Goswami for resisting police officials who came to arrest him.
The fresh FIR was registered in the Alibaug PS under the IPC section 353 (assault), 504 (intentionally insulting), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (already mentioned).
Gosmami’s lawyer Gaurav Parker, opposing the remand, told the court that his client was assaulted by two police officials and his house was cordoned off for nearly three hours. Parker showed an injury in the left hand of Goswami to prove his point.