BJP comes out in support of Arnab Goswami after his arrest

Several Union Ministers have called this an attack on freedom of the press and criticised Congress-shiv Sena Maharashtra government.

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Arnab Goswami, editor Republic TV was arrested by Mumbai police in a abetment of suicide case of a Mumbai businessman in 2018. BJP leaders have come out in open condemning the arrest and called it “attack on freedom of Press”.

What is the case against Arnab Goswami? 

The case is related to the deaths of interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik.

After Anvay and Kumud died by suicide in Alibaug in 2018, a suicide note was found in which Anvay alleged that Goswami and two others had not paid him Rs 5.40 crore, creating serious financial difficulties for him. The Alibaug police had registered a case then, but it was closed in 2019 by the Raigad police, Hindustan Times reported. A fresh probe was launched by Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in March, after Anvay’s daughter Adnya Naik approached him.

While coming in support of Goswami, the BJP said that in ‘our democratic setup, independent media is a pillar but now it is being bullied’.

While Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javdekar said, “This is not the way to treat the Press. This reminds us of the emergency days when the press was treated like this.”

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BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda said, “Every person who believes in a free press and freedom of expression is furious at the Maharashtra Government’s bullying and harassment of Arnab Goswami. This is yet another instance of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi-directed antic of silencing those who disagree with them. Shameful!”

The most critical was Union Minister for Textile Smriti Irani. She tweeted: “Those in the free press who don’t stand up today in support of Arnab, you are now tactically in support of fascism. You may not like him, you may not approve of him, you may despise his very existence but if you stay silent you support suppression. Who speaks if you are next ?”she said.

Arnab Goswami was arrested today from him Mumbai residence. Arnab has alleged that his and his family was assaulted by the police.

The Congress refuted the allegation and countered this by asking: “Why is there selective outrage?”

A senior police officer Sachin Vaze said that Goswami was arrested in the abatement to suicide case of 2018, which had been closed earlier and has now been reopened.

A police team swooped on the Republic TV’s chief and picked him up from his home even as his family protested while his colleagues started rushing to the spot for live coverage.

Republic TV channel which was until few weeks ago was calling for arrest of Rhea Chakraborty on mere suspicion in the Sushant Singh Rajput suicide case has slammed Mumbai police action when their own founder is arrested in suicide of a Mumbai Businessman and his mother’s case.

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