New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday reserved it’s verdict on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV Arnab Goswami, seeking quashing of an FIR registered against him, for trying to disturb communal harmony.
The highlight of the hearing was the fact that the Congress had been countered in the top most Court on the multiple mirroring FIRs against Arnab Goswami. Moreover, the attempts to play the sliced and diced clips from Arnab Goswami’s debate were countered live in the apex Court.
Senior advocate Harish Salve represented Arnab, while Solicitor General Tushar Mehta represented the Central government. Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal represented the Maharashtra government in the case.
Salve argued with aggression and systematic facts at hand which included, playing clips, citing tweets and marking the pattern that demonstrated an all round effort by the Congress party to systematically target and persecute the journalist.
The Supreme Court raised a serious question as to how ‘all the FIRs are cyclostyled, they are word to word same’. Sibal had no explanation for the mirroring FIRs filed against Goswami and even admitted that if that’s the case, they must be quashed. Here are the brief pointers on the dramatic developments in the top court:
The Division Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah, after hearing arguments from all the parties, reserved it’s judgement in the case and refused to take any punitive action against Goswami. It further observed that the protection from arrest will continue till the next hearing.
The complaint was filed by Irfan Abubakar Shaikh, Secretary of the Raza Educational Welfare Society, who had accused Goswami of creating communal disturbance over the gathering of migrant workers in Mumbai’s Bandra last month.