The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition filed by Republic TV and its Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami seeking protection for all the employees of the news channel from coercive action by Maharashtra Police.
The plea alleging continuous hounding of Republic TV and its employees by the Maharashtra Police and seeking a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was withdrawn after a Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud remarked that it was “ambitious in nature”.
“This petition is ambitious in nature. You want Maharashtra police not to arrest any employee and transfer to CBI. You better withdraw this,” said Justice Chandrachud.
Goswami’s counsel, Senior Advocate Milind Sathe then chose to withdraw the plea after the Court granted liberty to Goswami and Republic TV to move appropriate forum for relief.