Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami was arrested by the Mumbai Police Wednesday in connection with a 2018 case in which he was alleged to have abetted the suicide of an architect and his mother.
A Mumbai Police team went to Goswami’s house early Wednesday and picked him up and took him away in a convoy of vehicles, visuals on Republic TV showed. The channel said police had barged into Goswami’s house and alleged that the journalist had also been assaulted.
Mumbai Police inspector Sachin Vaze, who Republic TV said led the team to Goswami’s house, told the channel that he had been arrested for abetment and aiding suicide.
“They did not let me meet my family…they beat my son, mere bete ko maara,” Goswami was shown by the channel as saying through the grills of a police vehicle in which he was being taken away.
— ANI (@ANI) November 4, 2020
The 2018 suicide case was reopened by the Maharashtra government earlier this year. Goswami and two others were booked by the Alibaug Police for allegedly abetting the suicide of 53-year-old Anvay Naik and his mother.
In his suicide note, Anvay had reportedly claimed that Goswami and the two others — Feroz Shaikh of IcastX/Skimedia, a media services firm, and Niteesh Sarda of Smart work, which provides “flexible workspaces” — owed him a total of Rs 5.4 crore.
According to the FIR, ARG Outlier Media, the Goswami-owned parent company of Republic TV, owed Rs 83 lakh to the architect, who owned a firm called Concorde Designs Pvt. Ltd.