INDIA. Republic TV editor and one of India’s top news anchors; Arnab Goswami has been arrested in connection with abetment to suicide case. A police team arrested Mr. Goswami from his home in Mumbai on Wednesday. Videos shared on social media showed scuffles taking place between Goswami and the police team.
Interestingly, the suicide case is two years old and was closed. However, for some unknown reasons the case has been reopened again.
Goswami’s link with 2018 suicide case
According to Mumbai police, Goswami was being investigated for his alleged role in the death of an interior designer, Anvay Naik. Naik and his mother were found dead in May 2018 at their home in the Alibaug region of Mumbai.
According to Naik’s wife, he had left a suicide note in which he blamed Goswami for his death. However, Goswami and Republic TV network had previously denied the allegation.
Naik’s wife had been campaigning on social media for the case to be investigated thoroughly. Recently, Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh ordered a special team to investigate the case. Republic TV has accused the police of “manhandling” Goswami’s family members.
Ministers and citizens stand in support of Goswami
Goswami is known for his aggressive style of anchoring and questioning. But his critics say that he often comes across as sympathetic to right-wing politics in the country.
In recent months, he has been particularly critical of Mumbai police over their handling of the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. He often accused the Mumbai police of being lenient in their investigation into the star’s death. Goswami has also been critical of the Maharashtra state government, which is run by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena party.
Meanwhile, scores of netizens took to Twitter and slammed police for manhandling the Republic TV’s Editor-in-Chief. One user tweeted, “Shame on Mumbai Police who attacked, Arrested & Assaulted 4th pillar of Democracy! Shame on Mumbai Police who didn’t lodge a Single FIR in the SSR case! Shame on Mumbai Police who intentionally deleted Disha’s file and didn’t recover!”
Former Governor of Meghalaya & Tripura, Tathagata Roy reacted to the shocking arrest of Republic Media Network’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, calling it a ‘naked attack on the freedom of press‘.
Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, “Congress and its allies have shamed democracy once again. Blatant misuse of state power against Republic TV & Arnab Goswami is an attack on individual freedom and the 4th pillar of democracy. It reminds us of the Emergency. This attack on the free press must be and WILL BE OPPOSED.”