FIR Against Arnab Goswami For Allegedly Assaulting Woman Police Officer

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A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against senior journalist Arnab Goswami for allegedly assaulting a lady officer of the Mumbai Police. According to news reports, the incident happened when the police force reached his Mumbai residence to arrest him on the morning of November 4. The Republic TV editor was arrested today in relation to a 2018 case of abetment to suicide. Read our full report here.

However as Arnab Goswami trends on social media, his lawyer has spoken up. Harish Salve has said there was no permission sought to open the case. Salve is defending Goswami and put up his arguments in Bombay High Court. Salve said, as reported by Goswami’s own channel, “there is prima facie finding of the magistrate before you that the arrest is illegal.”

ANI reported that an FIR was registered against Goswami for assaulting a lady police officer when the team reached his house.

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Arnab Goswami Arrested: Case Background

In May 2018, Anvay Naik, a 53-year-old interior designer based in Maharashtra’s Alibaug, along with his mother had reportedly died by suicide. The suicide note mentioned news anchor Goswami’s name, alleging non-payment of dues. In 2019, the case had been closed.

Then in May this year, Naik’s daughter Adnya met with Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, following which he ordered a CID investigation into the case. In relation to this, two others, aside from Goswami, have been arrested by the police today. Republic TV has denied all charges.

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Reactions To The Arrest

Goswami’s arrest has invited a wide range of reactions from political leaders, speakers and public personalities. Reacting strongly to the incident, BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani urged those in the “free press” to disregard their personal views on Goswami and challenge his arrest. Similarly, Home Minister Amit Shah has responded to Goswami’s arrest by likening it to India’s Emergency period in the 1970s.

Actor Kangana Ranaut has released a video statement for the Maharashtra government, alleging their suppression of free speech and condemning Goswami’s arrest. Swara Bhasker, meanwhile, has shared multiple videos of Naik’s family demanding justice for him.

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