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Supreme Court stays all FIRs against Arnab Goswami except for one filed in Nagpur by Nitin Raut


Arvind Shandilya | Apr 24, 2020 14:56

SC put a stay on all the FIRs lodged against Arnab Goswami except the one registered by Maharashtra Cabinet Minister for Energy Dr Nitin Raut in Nagpur.
Arnab Goswami

The Supreme Court of India (SC) immediately acted upon all the FIRs lodged against Editor-In-Chief at Republic TV Arnab Goswami in connection to the alleged defamation of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. The SC on Friday put a stay on all the FIRs lodged against Goswami a day before, except the one registered by Maharashtra Cabinet Minister for Energy Dr Nitin Raut at Nagpur’s Sadar Police Station. SC on Friday transferred the FIR lodged in Nagpur to Mumbai where it will be further investigated. SC also said no coercive action should be taken against Goswami for the next three weeks; so he has time to apply for anticipatory bail…. 

In a quick response to the petition filed by Arnab Goswami Editor-in-Chief, at Republic TV, Supreme Court today granted three weeks’ protection from arrest in relation to the FIRs filed against him for the alleged defamation of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. The Court also issued notice in the plea filed by Goswami seeking a stay on any action that may be taken against him on the basis of the FIRs.

Goswami, who had blamed Gandhi for orchestrating the Palghar lynching, had said Gandhi would send a report to Italy about the fact that she is getting Hindu saints killed in Palghar in Maharashtra. Goswami on his TV channel had said, “Would Sonia Gandhi have been quiet if Muslim preachers or Christian saints had been killed instead of Hindu saints? She’s quiet today, but I think she feels happy that Hindu saints were killed in a state where Congress has a stake in the government. She will send a report to Italy about the fact that she is getting Hindu saints killed in Maharashtra.”

Local residents in Gadakchinchale village of Palghar district on the suspicion that they were thieves lynched three Mumbai residents, who were on their way to Silvassa on April 16. The men who were lynched were reportedly Hindu religious leaders.

The Bench of Justices Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and MR Shah took up the matter for hearing through video conferencing after Goswami moved to the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking an ex parte stay on action against him based on multiple FIRs registered across various states. Goswami approached Apex Court a day after at least 16 complaints were filed against him for allegedly defaming Gandhi during one of his live debate programs on Palghar lynching. These complaints and FIRs have been lodged in the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh. Claiming it to be a witch-hunt, the founder of Republic TV claimed that the action against him by way of filing multiple complaints are ‘orchestrated’ and ‘malicious’ campaigns against him by a political party.

Goswami, who has been provided with a Y security by the government, claimed that two Youth Congress members hurled an attack on him and his wife at midnight. However, both escaped unhurt.

Watch what Goswami had to say about the attack that occurred in Mumbai.

 

Also read: Not a single Muslim among 101 accused arrested for Palghar mob lynching: Home Minister Anil Deshmukh