Mumbai: No interim relief will be given to Republic TV promoter Arnab Goswami in connection with his arrest on Wednesday over the suicide of an architect and his mother in 2018, the Bombay High Court said this evening. Saying it wants to hear the matter “in detail”, a two-member bench of the court denied Mr Goswami’s plea, and has listed the matter for 3 PM Friday.
Mr Goswami had moved the court to quash the case against him. However, the court said it was not inclined to grant any relief unless notices were issued to the respondents and they were given a chance to respond. “Can’t pass interim order without hearing Complaint and State,” a bench comprising Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik said.
The bench has, therefore, issued notices to the State and Adnya Naik (daughter of architect Anvay Naik), and said it will hear both sides before passing appropriate orders tomorrow.
Senior lawyer Harish Salve, appearing for Mr Goswami, argued there were several cases against the journalist by virtue of his profession and asked: “Please release this man as an ad-interim measure and hear the case in detail later. Will heavens fall in Maharashtra if he is released on interim bail?”
Another senior lawyer representing Mr Goswami, Abad Ponda, argued that the investigation into this case was “illegal” and showed “scant respect” for the Magistrate who closed the investigation.
The case relating to the suicide of Anvay Naik and his mother two years ago had been closed but was recently reopened after appeals from Mr Naik’s family. Mr Goswami was arrested in connection with the case early yesterday from his Mumbai home.
Hours later a Mumbai court sent Mr Goswami to 14 days’ judicial custody, while dismissing a similar demand from Mumbai Police. The court also dismissed Mr Goswami’s charge that he had been physically assaulted while being arrested, an allegation he made several times in the day.