On Wednesday evening, The Supreme Court granted interim bail to Republic TV Chief Editor Arnab Goswami. Arnab was sent to 14-day judicial custody in the 2018 abetment-to-suicide case by the Bombay High Court.
Along with Goswami, the other two accused Nitesh Sarda and Feroz Shaikh in the Anvay Naik and his mother’s suicide case were also sent to judicial custody by the Bombay High Court. They were also granted interim bail by the Supreme Court.
Hearing the petition filed by Arnab Goswami through video conference, the Supreme Court’s two-judge bench consisting of Justice Indira Banerjee and D.Y. Chandrachud lifted the judicial custody imposed by the Government of Maharashtra on the Republic TV’s Editor-in-chief.
The Supreme Court mentioned in its order that the Bombay High Court clearly erred by rejecting the interim bail plea filed by the accused.
This order by the apex court comes after a couple of days from the refusal of interim bail to the journalist by the High Court of Bombay.
The Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal also requested the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to provide adequate security to Arnab Goswami by a telephonic conversation. This comes after the family of Arnab Goswami met Sonowal and urged him to ensure the security of the journalist as they believed his life may be under threat.
Uddhav Thackeray assured Sonowal that he will do the necessary for ensuring the adequate security of Arnab Goswami.
Alongside Arnab Goswami, SmartWorks owner Nitesh Darda and Managing Director of Skimedia Feroz Shaikh are under arrest by the Raigad Police under the Indian Penal Code Sections 306 & 34.