Bombay High Court on Monday has declined to grant interim bail to the man who is always in the limelight for his aggressive style of journalism, Arnab Goswami. Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Goswami and two other accused were arrested on November 4 in connection to the 2018 abetment to suicide case.
The High Court had reserved its order on Saturday on Arnab Goswami’s bail application.
The bench comprising Justices S S Shinde and M S Karnik observed that no case was made out for the exercise of extraordinary jurisdiction by the HC under Article 226 of the Indian constitution when the petitioner has the alternate remedy of pleading for regular bail under Section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Despite the Diwali holidays in the Courts, Bombay HC held a special sitting at 3 PM today to decide on the habeas corpus petitions filed by all the three accused — Arnab Goswami, Feroze Shaikh, and Nitish Sarda.
The bench had been hearing the matter on a regular basis from Thursday and also heard the advocates Vijay Agarwal and Nikhil Mengde representing Nitish Sarda and Praveen Rajesh Singh, respectively.
Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami and two other accused were arrested by Alibaug police on November 4 for allegedly abetting the suicide of 52-year old interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother, Kumud Naik.
Arnab was sent to judicial custody for 14 days by CJM Alibag. He was kept in a local school assigned as a COVI-19 centre for Alibaug prison.
On Sunday, he was shifted to Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai after he was accused of using a mobile phone in judicial custody. The Raigad crime branch stated that they found Goswami active on social media using somebody’s phone.