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'Arnab Goswami Not A Special Person': Sibal Opposes Interim Protection to Republic TV Chief in TRP Scam Case

Lawstreet Journal 21 Oct 2020 9:19pm

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The Bombay High Court on Monday (October 19,2020) directed the Mumbai police to issue a summons to Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV, in the first instance if he is proposed to be added as an accused in the FIR alleging manipulation of Televisions Rating Points (TRP).

A bench comprising Justices SS Shinde and M S Karnik also recorded the statement made by Senior Advocate Harish Salve on behalf of Goswami that he will appear and cooperate with the investigation if such a summons is received.

The hearing witnessed intense exchanges between Senior Advocates Harish Salve and Kapil Sibal over the grant of interim relief.

Salve, appearing for Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV, tried to persuade a bench comprising Justices SS Shinde and M S Karnik to grant him interim protection from arrest till the next date of hearing.

Salve contended that the Mumbai Police was acting with a vindictive mindset against Republic TV and Arnab Goswami on account of its reports criticizing the investigation in the Palghar lynching case.

Sibal, appearing for the State of Maharashtra and Mumbai Police, opposed by arguing that the petition was "premature". He submitted that Republic TV has not yet been named as an accused in the FIR and that the apprehension of arrest was unfounded. He urged the bench not to interfere with the investigation when it was at a nascent stage.

The bench then observed that the interim protection was not necessary at the present stage as Goswami has not been named in the FIR.

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