Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today refused to grant interim relief in a habeus corpus petition filed by Republic Editor-in-chief, Arnab Goswami against his arrest in a case of abetment to suicide. Goswami’s plea had challenged his arrest by the Maharashtra police yesterday.
Court will hear Goswami’s plea challenging his illegal arrest along with Adnya Naik’s plea seeking re-investigation tomorrow at 3 pm for hearing on ad-interim reliefs.
Senior advocates Harish Salve and Abad Ponda appeared for Goswami. Goswami’s petition sought his immediate release and the quashing of the 2018 FIR against him, among others.
Court records that a report of the investigation has been given as per the last hearing. Advocate Malvika Trivedi from Phoenix Legal requested the Court to grant him protection from coercive steps. The employees are suffering, they are being harassed on a daily basis, said Trivedi.
Yesterday, Goswami was sent to judicial custody for 14 days by the judicial magistrate in Alibag. He was arrested from his house on Wednesday morning.
The 2018 case concerns the suicide of an interior designer, Anvay Naik, who was found dead in his home with his mother. A suicide note purportedly written by Anvay claimed he had been forced to take his life because of financial problems caused by the non-payment of dues amounting to over Rs 5 crore by Goswami and two others. The police registered an abetment to suicide case but closed it in 2019.
This year in May, Maharashtra’s Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh announced a “CID investigation” into the case after he was approached by Anvay’s daughter.
In court today, Abad Ponda said, further investigation cannot be done “without judicial order” and therefore said Goswami’s arrest was “illegal”.
The division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik said, “We will have to issue notice to the State, to the complainant and we will hear the case on some other date after vacations. But there are other remedies. You can challenge the remand order.”