Mumbai: Maharashtra Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Thursday (November 5) issued a notice to Superintendent of Police (SP), Raigad to remain present before it on Friday by 11 am over the arrest of the Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami. The Human Rights panel has also directed the SP to present entire material records before it.
On behalf of Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami, a complaint was filed with the Commission that there was a human rights violation during his arrest.
On Friday, speaking to Republic TV after the big development, Advocate Mishra said, “As on today because of short notice, the concerned police wanted adjournment but considering the seriousness of the matter, the court has referred it to Tuesday. Let us see what report he files, when the issue is clear if they got an order or not to reopen the case, then I will be able to state further.”
Currently, Goswami is kept at a local school that has been designated as a COVID-19 center for the Alibag prison.
In his petition, Goswami has challenged his “illegal arrest” and sought an urgent order of stay in the investigation into the case and also a direction to the police to release him immediately.
As per the plea, the investigation into the case was closed last year and a closure report was filed and was also accepted by the Chief Judicial Magistrate of the Alibag court by an order dated April 16, 2019.
The petition claimed that in May 2018, the police had recorded the statements of Goswami and two senior officials of the Republic TV and after conducting a thorough investigation, the case was closed.