The Supreme Court on Monday, 7 December rejected a plea by Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami for CBI inquiry against senior Maharashtra police officials, and seeking protection for all employees of the Republic TV from coercive action by the state police.

The Bench comprising JusticesDY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee remarked that the petition was “ambitious in nature”.

“You want Maharashtra police to not arrest any employee and transfer to CBI. You better withdraw this,” said Justice Chandrachud.

The plea submitted by Arnab Goswami and his company, ARG Outlier Media Private Limited, requested a CBI investigation against the Maharashtra DGP and therefore the Mumbai commissioner , to quash all FIRs, and to direct Maharashtra Police to not arrest anyone related to the corporate , including stakeholders, etc, reported The Hindu.

Arnab Goswami’s senior counsel Advocate Milind Sathe withdrew the plea after the apex court granted liberty to Goswami and Republic TV to maneuver the supreme court or the other competent court, reported Bar and Bench.

Earlier in November, Supreme Court granted bail to Goswami in an abetment to suicide case concerning the deaths of designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik.

(With inputs from Bar and Bench, The Hindu)

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