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Smriti Irani, Kangana Ranaut And Richa Chadha React To Arnab Goswami’s Arrest

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Journalist Arnab Goswami was arrested today, November 4, in a case of abetment to suicide from 2018. 53-year-old interior designer Anvay Naik had alleged non-payment of dues by Goswami and two others as the reason why he and his mother had to take such an extreme step. The reinvestigation of the same was reordered in May 2020 by Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. As per Republic TV Goswami was ‘manhandled’ and ‘thrashed’ at the time of the arrest.

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The news of the arrest has drawn some strong and differing reactions from notable women personalities on Twitter:

 Smriti Z Irani

BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Z Irani equated silence over Goswami’s arrest with support for fascism and suppression. Her tweet urged those in the “free press” to disregard their personal views on Goswami and challenge his arrest.

Kangana Ranaut

Ranaut posted two tweets regarding Goswami’s arrest. In the first one, she referred to other political parties using names like “Pappupro”, “Penguins”, and “Sonia sena” as well as questioned their alleged ‘anger’. Voicing her support for Arnab Goswami, Kangana Ranaut wrote in her tweet, “Arnab sir let them pull your hair and assault you for the cause of free speech greats before us got hanged with smiles on their faces,Aazadi ka karz chukana hai.”

Ranaut’s second tweet included a short video wherein she questioned the Maharashtra government for arresting and assaulting Goswami. The video also drew similarities between Goswami’s arrest and a recent demolition of Ranaut’s office in Mumbai carried out by BMC.

Payal Ghosh

Actress Payal Ghosh, too, tweeted in support of Goswami. She wrote, “We stand with You #ArnabGoswami.”

Saloni Gaur

Comedian Saloni Gaur stated that she condemns Goswami’s arrest even though she doesn’t like his “bizarre style of reporting.” She went on to term the arrest as a “clear case of abuse of power to settle political scores.”

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Sherlyn Chopra

Bollywood actor-producer Sherlyn Chopra tweeted in support of Goswami – her “hero” and a “one in a million journalist.” She also stipulated that true journalism is the layer of protection between people and totalitarian rule.

Ruchira Chaturvedi

Ruchira Chaturvedi, a prominent Congress member, highlighted the trauma of the complainant family. Additionally, she questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders for “fooling” people by raising the issue of press freedom when Goswami has been arrested for abetment to suicide.

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Richa Chadha

Chadha shared a news portal’s tweet detailing Goswami’s arrest and accompanied it with emojis expressing wide-eyed disbelief. Later, she followed this up with another tweet asking a follower for details of the specific case which led to Goswami’s arrest.

Picture Credits: Outlook India, DNA India, Mumbai Mirror

Tarini Gandhiok is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.