The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted interim bail to Republic Tv Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and other accused Feroze Shaikh and Nitish Sharda in the 2018 abetment of suicide case filed by the Mumbai Police. The plea was heard by the special vacation bench of Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Indira Banerjee. Goswami and the other accused were released on a bond of Rs 50,000. They had been lodged in Taloja jail in Maharashtra’s Raigad district.
“SC is unhappy that HCs, which are constitutional courts, are not doing enough in matters where personal liberty is denied,” Justice D Y Chandrachud said. “If this court were not to interfere today, we are travelling on a path of destruction of personal liberty undeniably. Is this what our state governments will do to those who have to be nailed…? Don’t watch the channel if you don’t like… Left to myself I will not watch… If state government’s target individuals in this manner, let’s send out a message that SC is there,” he added.
Goswami has been accused of abetment of suicide by Anvay Naik’s family. The case dates back to 2018 when Naik, an interior designer, along with his mother committed suicide over non-payment of dues. Goswami has defended himself by clarifying that only 10% of the total amount was pending. He has further accused the Maharastra Government of targeting him on account of his channel’s anti-government reportage and criticism of their handling of the Palghar lynching and Sushant Singh Rajput case.
Goswami had been arrested on November 4 from his Lower Parel residence by the Alibaug police. His arrest created a huge controversy with various journalists and intellectuals criticizing it.