Republic TV owner and editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami was on Wednesday picked up by the Maharashtra Police and brought to Raigad in reference to a 2018 suicide case. “Arnab Goswami is currently being taken to Raigad. He shall be interrogated by the investigating officer and therefore the further course of action are going to be decided accordingly,” Sanjay Mohite, IG Konkan Range said.
What is the case?
Interior designer Anvay Naik, along side his mother Kumud Naik, were found dead at their bungalow in Alibaug in May 2018. The police said Anvay, had committed suicide, the post mortem report of Kumud indicated that she had been strangulated and didn’t kill .
Police believe Anvay killed her before committing suicide. Following that, the police registered an accidental death report and a case of murder. While Kumud’s body was found on the bottom floor sofa, Anvay was found hanging on the primary floor by the caretaker of the bungalow.
Why was an FIR registered against Arnab Goswami?
The police had found a suicide not written in English during which Anvay said he and his mother decided to require the acute tread on account of payments thanks to them not being cleared by the owners of three companies – television journalist Arnab Goswami of Republic TV, Feroz Shaikh of IcastX/Skimedia and Niteish Sarda of Smartworks.
The three firms owed Naik’s company, Concorde Designs Pvt Ltd, Rs 83 lakh, Rs 4 crore and Rs 55 lakh respectively, the note added. a politician said that in the investigation they found that Anvay was in heavy debt and was struggling to repay money to contractors.
The Raigad police also found that Naik had an NC registered against a contractor in Mumbai after the latter had threatened him to repay the cash he had taken. Goswami had however denied this charge and said that he had made the payments.
What happened to the investigation within the case?
The local Raigad police that has been investigating the case closed the case in April 2019 saying that they didn’t find evidence against the accused named within the suicide note, including Goswami.
However, in May this year, Anvay’s daughter approached the Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh seeking the case be reopened. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had tweeted in May, “Adnya Naik had complained to me that Alibaug Police had not investigated non-payment of dues from Arnab Goswami’s public which drover her entrepreneur father and grandma to suicide in May 2018. I’ve ordered a CID re-investigation of the case.”
Adnya had also alleged that the police had not investigated the angle of Rs 83 lakh that Goswami had not paid her father that drove him to kill .
What happens during this case?
The Maharashtra Police will now be questioning Goswami and ask him to supply evidence to back his claims that he had made the payments thanks to Anvay. counting on the investigation they’re going to plan to either close the case or chargesheet him.
Is this linked to the case being pursued by Mumbai Police?
No. This has no links to the cases Goswami faces in reference to Mumbai police. A team from Mumbai Police visited his residence on Wednesday morning to help the Maharashtra Police.
What cases does he face in Mumbai?
Republic has been named within the TRP scam where the channel along side five others was allegedly involved in making payments for enhancing TRP’s. Republic has denied the accusation. An FIR has been registered against Goswami for ‘incitement to disaffection’ over a show during which the channel said that several officers in Mumbai police were against action of commissioner Param Bir SIngh. aside from this, two FIR’s were registered against Goswami for allegedly communalising incidents just like the gathering of migrants outside Bandra railroad station and therefore the lynching of Sadhus in Palghar. Following these two FIR’s chapter proceedings too had been initiated against Goswami and he was asked to sign a bond of excellent behaviour. Goswami had approached the Supreme Court against these FIR’s and was asked to approach the Bombay supreme court that’s currently hearing the matter. He was also issued a show cause notice by the Maharashtra legislature for initiation of breach of privilege motion against him for reportage associated with the case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. Goswami challenged this within the SUpreme Court also .