Maharashtra’s Alibaug court has remanded Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami and two others to judicial custody for 14 days. Goswami was arrested from his Mumbai residence by Raigad Police on Wednesday in connection with an abetment to suicide case.
He was produced before the Alibaug District Magistrate Court which remanded him to judicial custody till November 18 along with two of the other accused, Feroz Shaikh and Nitesh Darda. Alibaug Police sought Arnab Goswami’s remand citing him as an influential person who could tamper with the investigation process.
Goswami’s lawyer Gaurav Parkar told news agency PTI that the editor in chief of Republic TV has filed for bail. The Alibaug court has asked the investigating officer to file a reply in this regard.
Alibaug Police has sought 14 police custody of Goswami on the grounds that they have re-opened the investigation and have been making a headway in the investigation.
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Upon his arrival in Alibaug, Goswami was produced before a local court and taken to a civil hospital for a medical check-up. According to Bar & Bench, the Alibaug court also rejected allegations made by Arnab Goswami of being assaulted by Raigad Police.
Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami, MD of Skimedia Feroz Shaikh and SmartWorks owner Nitesh Darda have been arrested under section 306 and 34 Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Architect and interior designer, Anvay Naik (53) and his mother Kumud Naik (83) died by suicide at their farmhouse in Maharashtra’s Alibaug on May 5, 2018.
Naik left behind a suicide note where he named three individuals who he said were responsible for his death and that of his mother’s. In the note, Anvay Naik said that the three individuals in question owed his firm Concorde Designs a total of Rs 5.4 crore which did not allow him to pay his creditors. The note said that Arnab Goswami owed Naik Rs 83 lakhs, Feroz Shaikh owed the firm Rs 4 crore and Nitesh Sarda Rs 5 lakh.
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This, according to the note, drove Anvay and his mother to take the extreme step. “Kindly collect money from them and hold them responsible for our death and pay to creditors,” Naik had written in his suicide note.
The case was reopened at the instruction of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in May of this year. Deshmukh said he considered a probe into the matter at the request of deceased Anvay Naik’s daughter Adnya Naik.
Source: News 18