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No Relief for Arnab Goswami, Case To Be Investigated By Police And Not CBI: SC [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 20 May 2020 9:04pm

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“India’s freedoms will rest safe as long as journalists can speak to power without being chilled by a threat of reprisal”

Justice DY Chandrachud

The Supreme Court Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah has on May 19, 2020, refused to transfer the investigation into the FIRs filed against journalist Arnab Goswami to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and also refused to quash the FIRs filed against him. Earlier the Court had transferred the investigation under the FIR from Nagpur police to Mumbai police on concurring opinion of counsel from both the sides. 

Background of the case: 

Arnab Goswami, the petitioner in the case is the Editor-in-Chief of an English television news channel, Republic TV and also owns Hindi news channel, R Bharat. He anchors news shows on both channels. Following a broadcast on April 16 on Republic TV and on 21st April on R Bharat, multiple FIRs and criminal complaints were registered against him in the States of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand as well as in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir. Broadcast relates to an incident which took place in Gadchinchle village of Palghar district in Maharashtra on 16 April 2020 where three persons including two sadhus were brutally killed by a mob, allegedly in the presence of the police and forest guard personnel. He claimed that following the broadcast, “a well-coordinated, widespread, vindictive and malicious campaign” was launched against him by the Indian National Congress and its activists. Various FIR had been filed against him under Sections 153, Continue Reading...


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