New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted interim bail to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, who was arrested last week in the 2018 suicide case for kidnapping. The court also asked the High Courts to use their jurisdiction to maintain personal freedom.
A bench headed by Justice Chandrachud granted bail to Arnab Goswami and two other accused on a bond of Rs 50,000. The bench directed the Commissioner of Police to ensure that the order is followed immediately.
During the hearing in the Supreme Court, veteran lawyer Harish Salve appeared on behalf of Arnab Goswami. Salve said, “Anvay Naik’s firm has been in deficit for the past 7 years. It is possible that he killed his mother first and then suicide himself. Salve claimed that Arnab Goswami had paid all the dues on time. Salve alleged that the Raigad police did not follow the proper legal procedure to reopen the suicide case.
Advocate Harish Salve alleged that the Maharashtra Police had filed several cases against Arnab Goswami and Republic TV over the past few days as a form of malfeasance. He claimed that the Maharashtra Police reopened the Anvay Naik suicide case on the instructions of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.
Harish Salve said that Arnab Goswami was arrested by the Maharashtra Police on 4 November. The local magistrate should have released him on personal bond, but this was not done. He demanded from the Supreme Court that the investigation against Arnab Goswami be handed over to the CBI.
Senior lawyers Kapil Sibal and Amit Desai cross-examined the Supreme Court on behalf of the Maharashtra government. Opposing the bail, Kapil Sibal said that the case is already being heard in the lower court. Therefore, the Supreme Court should not bail the accused yet. Opposing the bail, Amit Desai also said that a decision in the matter may come tomorrow in the lower court. Desai said that the police probing the case have acquired many evidences in the case and should be allowed to appear in the court.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard the interim bail petition of Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV. During this, the court made a strong comment on the Maharashtra government, saying that if the state governments target anyone, it would be a violation of justice.
During the hearing, Justice Chandrachud said, “If we do not protect individual liberty as a constitutional court, then who will? If state governments intentionally target a person, they should know that there is apex court to protect the liberty of citizens. “
Let us know that Arnab Goswami was arrested by the Mumbai Police in a two-year-old case of abetting the interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother for suicide. Late in the evening, Arnab Goswami was presented with a court in Alibaug in Raigad district, after which the court sent him to 14 days judicial custody. After this, the Bombay High Court refused to grant bail and asked him to go to the local court for relief. Arnab challenged the denial of bail by the Bombay High Court in the Supreme Court.
Also read in Hindi: Arnab Goswami को मिली जमानत, सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने सशर्त बेल दी