Arnab Goswami sent to 14-day judicial custody in abetment to suicide case

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Published: November 5,2020 02:10 PM
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November 5, 2020: Alibag District Magistrate Court in Maharashtra has remanded Republic TV Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and two others -- Feroz Shaikh and Nitesh Sarda -- to 14-day judicial custody t

November 5, 2020: Alibag District Magistrate Court in Maharashtra has remanded Republic TV Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and two others -- Feroz Shaikh and Nitesh Sarda -- to 14-day judicial custody till 18 November on Wednesday.



Goswami was arrested from his residence in Mumbai by Raigad Police in connection with Anvay Naik 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.



While speaking to the reporters in Mumbai, Goswami's lawyer, Gaurav Parker said that the editor-in-chief of Republic TV has filed for bail.



"It is a big victory for us. MCR (magisterial custody remand) is granted on the very first day. Police custody refused and magistrate custody has been granted. We have filed our bail application; it has been kept for arguments. It will be decided tomorrow," Parker added.



Meanwhile, condemning the arrest of Goswami in connection with a 2018 abetment to suicide case, the All India Bar Association (AIBA) termed it as a violation of the Supreme Court guidelines to protect the rights of the arrestees.



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.



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.



Addressing media outlets on Wednesday, late architect Anvay Naik’s wife and daughter thanked the Maharashtra government for acting on their complaint.