Arnab Goswami is in news again. Earlier he was in news due to the Sushant Singh Rajput case. But now he is in news due to a suicide case. This suicide case goes back to 2018. But in 2020, and yesterday, Arnab Goswami was arrested by the Maharashtra Police. He is a Republic TV owner and editor-in-chief.
What is this case?
In May 2018, two suicides were there in a single home. These were of Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik. Anvay Naik was an interior designer. And in May 2018, they both were found dead in their bungalow in Alibaug. Earlier, officials were saying that both are suicides. But as the post mortem report came one was a murder. This murder was of the mother Kumud Naik. But later on, police said that Anvay killed her before committing suicide. Both bodies were found by the caretaker of the bungalow. Anvay was hanging and Kumud was found on the sofa of the ground floor.
Why was an FIR registered against Arnab Goswami?
Now the question arises, from where does Arnab Goswami came into all these. And how he is linked to the case? Officials are saying that this case occurred due to heavy debts left to be paid to Anvay. And this heavy debt non-payment is the reason why they both did suicide. Or we can say murder and suicide. Now, these debts were due to three companies. These companies were television journalist Arnab Goswami of Republic TV, Feroz Shaikh of IcastX/Skimedia, and Niteish Sarda of Smartworks.
The amount due was Rs 83 lakh, Rs 4 crore, and Rs 55 lakh respectively. And police found a suicide note in which Anvay wrote that due to this non-payment of debt only they have to take such step. At that time before the death of Anvay, he and his company was struggling to pay heavy dues to contractors. And as he was in heavy debt, and was struggling to get the money from these three companies, he did not have any other choice.
So, as Republic TV is related to these deaths and Arnab is the owner of the channel, that’s why he is linked to the case. But to this, he said that all the dues were paid off to Anvay by the channel.
What happened to the investigation in the case?
In 2019, this case was closed by the Raigad police. It was closed as no evidence was found against the accused named in the suicide note, including Goswami.
But again in May this year, Anvay’s daughter approached the Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh seeking the case be reopened. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had tweeted in May, “Adnya Naik had complained to me that Alibaug Police had not investigated non-payment of dues from Arnab Goswami’s Republic which drove her entrepreneur father and grandma to suicide in May 2018. I’ve ordered a CID re-investigation of the case.”
The daughter of Anvay also said that police were not keen on investigating the payment left by Republic TV to her father. And this is also a reason for him committing suicide.
Now, Raigad police are again allowed by the court to re-open the case. But CID officials are saying that they do not have any case against Goswami.
What happens in this case?
Now, what will happen is that police will question Goswami again and again. And as Goswami is saying that he paid all the dues, evidence will be asked from him. This evidence will be for paying dues to Anvay. And based on this evidence only, further, the case will get closed, or a new case will be there, will be decided.
Is this linked to the case being pursued by Mumbai Police?
No, this case does not have any relation to the cases that are going on in Mumbai. Mumbai police were also there to help Maharashtra Police to arrest him at his home.
What cases does Arnab Goswami face in Mumbai?
In Mumbai, Republic TV is facing a case on TRP scam. In this scam, Republic TV and other channels are found suspected to influence TRPs by making payments to different people. But Republic TV is also denying this. And after this FIR against the owner of Republic TV is registered. This is because a show channel said that several officers in Mumbai police were against the action of commissioner Param Bir Singh.
These two FIRs are not the only two. As other FIRs are also there on Arnab Goswami. He is having 2 FIRs against him for allegedly communalizing incidents. These incidents are of migrants who were outside Bandra station at the time of lockdown. And also the lynching of Sadhus in Palghar. And apart from these 4 FIRs, he is asked to sign a bond of good behavior too.
Earlier, against these FIRs, Goswami went to the Supreme Court. But it asked him to first approach High Court. And in High Court, this matter is currently going on.
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