Everything You Need To Know About Latest Arrest Of Arnab Goswami Of Republic TV

Hanima Anand |Nov 05, 2020

Not just a reporter, Arnab Goswami is even more famous than many Bollywood actors for his coverage on Republic TV. The journalist was arrested yesterday by Mumbai police. Here’s why!

Republic TV is no doubt one of the most viewed channels in India, despite its alleged TRP scam earlier this year. Its senior reporter Arnab Goswami is so familiar with those watching daily news that he is more well-known than many film actors.

Arnab Goswami arrested for abetment of suicide

Yesterday November 4, the journalist was officially arrested by Mumbai Police in relation to a suicide case back in 2018. While many thought it’s a revenge of Mumbai police for what Arnab said about them on TV, Goswami was actually filed against an abetment to suicide case under Section 306 IPC. The case was just re-opened not long before.

Arnab Goswami In Custody
Arnab Goswami being kept in custody

Arnab Goswani was arrested in the morning in front of his entire family. He will be kept in judicial custody for at least 14 days while waiting for further investigation.

The 2018 suicide case related to Arnab Goswami

Even after the news was confirmed, netizens were curious about the suicide case that Arnab was dragged into. Here’s what we got!

In May 2018, the interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik were found dead at their residence in Alibaug. The post mortem report at that time showed that Kumud died of strangulation but not committing suicide. Her body was laid on the ground floor sofa.

Meanwhile, her son Anvay was found hanging on the first floor of the bungalow. Police believed that Anvay had killed his mother Kumar before ending his life.

Searching around the house the authority also found a suicide note in English, which was written by Anvay that he and his mother had to take extreme steps because the owners of three companies didn’t pay him the debt.

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Anvay Naik wrote in his suicide note that Arnab didn't pay his debt.

To be specific, Arnab Goswami from Republic TV owed him Rs 83 lakh. Feroz Shaikh from IcastX/Skimedia and Niteish Sarda from Smartworks borrowed Anvay Rs 4 crore and Rs 5 lakh respectively. None of these people had paid the debt, while Anvay Naik himself was struggling to repay money to his contractors, forcing the designer to kill himself.

In fact, Goswami had been interrogated by the police then as he was among the accused named in the suicide note. However, the Republic TV journalist insisted that he had paid all the debt.

No evidence was found against him, so the local police at Raigad closed the case in April 2019.

Why Maharastra police suddenly revived the case?

Arnab might think he had nothing to do with the suicide case of Anvay Naik since last year. The police also had no intention of digging up the files until the daughter of Anvay showed up.

In May 2020, Anvay’s daughter Adnya Naik approached Anil Deshmukh who is the Home Minister of Maharashtra. She requested the authority to reopen the case.

Anvay Naik Family
Anvay Naik's family members in a press release

Anil Deshmukh wrote on his twitter in May that:

“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.”

Though the request had been made 5 months ago, CID officials had to wait for the Raigad police to reopen the case with permission from the court.

From now, the Maharastra police will have the right to detain Arnab Goswami for investigation. The senior journalist must provide evidence of him paying the debt to Anvay two years ago. Otherwise, he would be accused of abetment to suicide.

In fact, Mumbai police just came to assist Maharastra Police in arresting Arnab. They are not directly connected to the case. The authority affirms there is no revenge here. However, Republic TV seems to think differently.

Controversial reactions from netizens

Reacting to the news of Arnab Goswami arrested yesterday, netizens polarize on their opinions. While some felt relieved when reading the news, others slammed Maharastra police for suppressing the freedom of speech.

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Arnab was famous for his bold reports against Mumbai police and any character involved in his story. Many people immediately think of the Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut when hearing the news.

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Starbiz.com will update news on the case if have.

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