BACK in the familiar environs of the TV newsroom after a week in judicial custody, journalist Arnab Goswami on Wednesday hit out at Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for arresting him in a ‘fake’ case. “Uddhav Thackeray, listen to me. You lost. You have been defeated,” said Goswami (47), while being surrounded by visibly relieved colleagues from his Republic TV channel.
Soon after his release from Taloja jail near Mumbai around 8.30 pm, Goswami drove to the Lower Parel studio of the channel, of which he is the Editor-in-Chief. Goswami also singled out Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh for his ‘illegal’ arrest on November 4 in a 2018 suicide abetment case. Goswami said that while in Taloja jail since November 8, he was subjected to three rounds of police interrogation. “Uddhav Thackeray, you arrested me in an old, fake case and did not even apologise to me,” said Goswami, who was seen sporting a stubble.
“The game has just begun,” he said and announced that he will launch Republic TV channel in every language and also have a presence in international media. Saying he apprehended being arrested again, Goswami said, “I will launch (the channels) even from inside the jail and you (Thackeray) won’t be able to do anything.” Thanking the Supreme Court for granting him interim bail, Goswami spoke a few words in Marathi, rounding off with the ‘Jai Maharashtra’ slogan. Goswami was released on Wednesday night, hours after the Supreme Court granted interim bail observing it will be a “travesty of justice” if personal liberty is curtailed.
Arnab’s pre-arrest bail plea adjourned to Nov 23
Nov 12 (PTI)
A SESSIONS court here has adjourned till November 23 the hearing into the pre-arrest bail plea of Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and his wife in a case registered against them by Mumbai Police for allegedly assaulting a woman police officer. Their lawyer Shyam Kalyankar said the plea could not be heard on Thursday as the judge did not preside.
“The anticipatory bail plea of Goswami and his wife was simply adjourned till November 23,” he said. “We did not seek any interim protection from arrest today as we are waiting for the detailed order of the Supreme Court (passed on Wednesday granting bail to Goswami in another matter),” Kalyankar said.
The apex court on Wednesday granted interim bail to Goswami in a case of alleged abetment to suicide of interior designer Anvay Naik in 2018. Goswami, who was arrested on November 4, was released from the Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai late Wednesday evening. Last week, an FIR was registered against Arnab Goswami, his wife Samyabrata Ray Goswami and his son at N M Joshi Marg police station in central Mumbai for allegedly assaulting a woman police officer when a police team went to his house to arrest him on November 4. Currently, Arnab Goswami and his wife have filed an anticipatory bail plea in the assault case. They have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 353 (assault to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and under the Damage to Public Property Act.