Arnab Goswami moves Bombay HC; seeks stay on Investigation in Abetment to Suicide case

Republic Media’s Journalist, Arnab Goswami moved Bombay High Court today, seeking a stay on investigation in Anvay Naik’s abetment to suicide case.

Republic TV’s Chief Arnab Goswami filed an Interim Application before the Bombay High Court seeking a stay on filing of charge sheet and other proceedings in abetment to suicide case. Alternatively, he has prayed that if such a stay is not granted, then the investigation of the case be transferred to CBI or any other independent agency.

The matter has been listed for hearing in Bombay High Court on 10th December 2020.

Arnab Goswami has alleged that his arrest on 4th November was made with malafide intention and was bad in law and has used excerpts from the Supreme Court Judgement in his bail order to make his case.

He further stated that the malafide intent of the State Government is apparent from the fact that in a recent press conference on 29th November 2020, Maharashtra’s Home Minister Anil Deshmukh publicly declared that a strong charge sheet will be filed against Arnab Goswami soon. Goswami states that this reflects the vindictive nature of witch hunt against him. His plea states It is pertinent to mention that this shocking premeditated political declaration by Mr. Anil Deshmukh came at a news conference 12 hours after the Hon’ble Supreme Court delivered the said judgement dated 27th November 2020. The said statement and the corresponding investigation at the behest of the Home Department, State of Maharashtra, not only establishes the malicious and malafide intent guiding the overall investigation in the present case but also exposes the complete subversion of the Supreme Court order dated 27th November 2020,”

Goswami’s plea further states that allowing a charge sheet to be filed in this case after the Supreme Court’s observations in its 27th November judgement would be mockery of Supreme Court’s directions. The plea says Should such a chargesheet be filed only with malicious intent to stifle the means of justice and legal remedy available to the Petitioner and more importantly pending the final hearing of the present Writ Petition, it would be nothing but travesty of justice. Such an act if allowed would be a grotesque mockery of the directions and law as laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme court in its order dated 27 November 2020 or otherwise.” 

Goswami states that it is obvious from the conduct of the Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and Mumbai Police that this case has been made to merely target him “for his news broadcasts criticizing the Maharashtra government and the Maharashtra Police.”

Therefore, based on above contentions, Goswami has pleaded that a stay be granted on all the proceedings pertaining to this case, including investigation and filing a charge sheet till Bombay High Court decides on his plea for quashing of the FIR filed against him.

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