Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV network was arrested on Wednesday from his Lower Parel house in connection with a 2018 case of abetment to suicide. He spend the entire night at local school which has been designated as a Covid-19 centre for the Alibag prison, an official said on Thursday. This was to complete his quarantine period before being sent to prison. A court at Alibhag in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Wednesday remanded Arnab Goswami along with two other accused in judicial custody till November 18 in a 2018 abetment to suicide case.
The police had sought Arnab Goswami’s custody for 14 days, but according to the court, the custodial interrogation was not required. On Wednesday, when Arnab was arrested from his Lower Parel house, he was first taken for medical examination at a state-run hospital in the coastal town, the official said. After the medical examination was done, he was taken to Alibaug Nagar Parishad School, which is designated as a COVID-19 centre of the Alibaug prison, and he spent the night there, the official said.
The other two accused who were arrested in the case, Feroze Mohammed Shaikh and Nitesh Sarda, were also produced in the Alibaug court on Wednesday and remanded to judicial custody till November 18.
After the arrestation, Arnab had filed a complaint that he was assaulted by the Raigad Police. But, the court has dismissed Goswami’s complaint. However, the Mumbai police have filed a fresh FIR against Goswami, his wife, son, and two others for “obstructing, assaulting, verbally abusing and intimidating” a police officer on duty and for tearing up “government papers” (arrest intimation) at his house. The FIR was registered at the N M Joshi Marg police station on Wednesday under sections 504, 506, 353 of IPC and section 3 of the Damage of Public Property Act.
Further, Arnab’s bail plea will be heard by the Alibag court. Earlier on November 2, he had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking to quash the FIR in the case.