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FIR’s against Arnab Goswami stayed by Bombay HC, States ‘no prima facie case Against him’

Lawstreet Journal 30 Jun 2020 9:53pm

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The Bombay High Court on 30th June 2020 granted interim relief to Arnab Goswami, Journalist, anchor, editor, and owner of Republic TV. A Division Bench of Justice Ujjal Bhuyan and Justice Riyaz Chagla stayed two FIRs filed by Mumbai Police against him over alleged communalization of the incidents of Palghar lynching and the gathering of migrant workers at Bandra railway station. The bench further observed that “prima facie no case was made against him”.

Arnab Goswami was charged under section 153, 153A,153B, 295A, 298, 500, 504, 505(2), 506, 120B and 117 of the Indian Penal Code. The bench ordered that there should be no coercive action taken against him. Senior Advocate Harish Salve and Milind Sathe appeared on behalf of Arnab Goswami. They submitted that the FIRs were politically motivated and were just filed to restrain voices against Maharashtra Government.

Harish Salve submitted that Maharashtra Government is being devious against Goswami and stated:

“At a time where the country is in lockdown, calling Arnab for investigation should be looked into. A party in power is calling a journalist for investigation because he made an adversarial statement against the leader of a political party. What was he asked, what is the structure of your company? Who owns Republic TV & Bharat? What is your wife’s role? What is the relevance of these questions?”

Salve further stated that a journalist has a right to report collective incidents like this and further recapitulated that Srivatsa YB and Gaurav Pardhi of Congress were tweeting about Arnab’s interrogation while… Continue Reading...

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