While the fake TRP controversy continued to trouble the top news channels including Arnab Goswami’s ‘Republic TV’, the editor-in-chief of the news channel got an expected but unrecoverable shock from the Maharastra police.
The Maharashtra Police on Wednesday arrested Arnab Goswami house in connection with the death of 53-year-old interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik in Alibaug in 2018.
In what can be called a dramatic development, Arnab was reportedly arrested in a joint operation by the Raigad police and the Mumbai Police. A team consisting of API Sachin Waze picked up Arnab from his residence.
While the entire arrest operation was reportedly kept secret, police sources have it that Arnab took almost one hour to open the main door. on the other hand, claimed that he was manhandled and assaulted by the police before being pushed into their van.
“We had deputed a policeman to video record the entire sequence of event to avoid any allegations,” said a senior police officer. While the editor-in-chief claimed that he was manhandled and assaulted by the police before being pushed into their van without summons or FIR, police said that there is no need for them to have an arrest warrant in the IPC 306 abetment to suicide case.
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Besides Arnab, two other Feroz Shaikh and Nitesh Sarda. Goswami were arrested in Worli.
The interior designer and his mother Kumud Naik had died by suicide in May 2018. They reportedly named Arnab Goswami in a suicide note and alleged non-payment of dues by Republic TV. The letter claimed that Goswami and two others owed him Rs 5.4 crore and had refused to pay it back, forcing him to take the extreme step.
The Alibaug police had registered a case of abetment to suicide the same month but the case was reportedly closed by the Raigad police in 2019. But the Maharashtra government ordered a fresh investigation into the case against Goswami in May.