The Mumbai Police raided the house of Republic TV owner and editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami this morning and arrested him in a case of abetment to suicide. After Arnab’s arrest, BJP leaders reacted, comparing it to emergency, calling it a threat to ‘freedom of the press’. Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut has also attacked the Mumbai Police and Maharashtra Government.
Home Minister Amit Shah’s response
Reacting to the case, Home Minister Amit Shah said that the abuse of power against Republic TV and Arnab Goswami is the fourth pillar of democracy and an attack on personal freedom.
BJP leaders compare the arrest to emergency
In a tweet, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar attacked the Maharashtra government. Comparing the incident to emergency, he wrote, “The attack on press-journalism in Mumbai is condemnable. This is the action of the Government of Maharashtra just like Emergency. We condemn it. ”
Javadekar also took a dig at the Congress and said,
“The Congress working under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi is still in an emergency. Today his government has shown the proof of this. People will give a democratic answer to this. “
Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said that those who are not standing in support of Arnab at this time are supporting fascism. Irani asked who would speak if the next number was yours?
Questioning the arrest of Arnab Goswami, Union Minister of State Kiran Rijiju said that “this is fascist intolerance on freedom of expression”.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that “the arrest of senior journalist Arnab Goswami is gravely condemnable, unfair and worrying.” We fought for freedom of the press while opposing the Emergency of 1975. ”
Union Minister Jitendra Singh wrote, “Politics of revenge is crossing all limits. There is no basis to arrest Arnab Goswami. ”
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has described it as a ‘black day of democracy’. Condemning the arrest of Arnab Goswami, he wrote, “The politics of revenge should stop and freedom of the press in Maharashtra should be maintained by immediately releasing Goswami.”
In which case the arrest was made?
Arnab Goswami has been arrested in a 2018 suicide case. This case was closed earlier, which has now been reopened.
In 2018, architect Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik died of suicide. A suicide note was received from the spot, in which Anvay claimed that Arnab Goswami and two others – Feroze Sheikh and Nitesh Sharda – had not paid him a payment of 5.40 crore, which caused him financial trouble.
Let us know that another case is going on against Arnab Goswami in Mumbai. This case is related to the TRP scam, in which they are accused of giving people money to watch Republic TV.