Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV, filed another interim application before the Bombay High Court, requesting directions to be given to the Chief Judicial Magistrate at Alibaug to not take cognizance of the charge sheet registered by the Raigad Police with regards to the case of abetment to suicide of Anvay Naik, an interior designer and his mother Kumud Naik.
Goswami filed the application in a pending plea seeking quashing of the First Information Report (FIR) that had been filed against him. An additional request was made for an early listing of the plea and the interim applications filed in it. Recently, he filed an application that sought a stay on the filing of the charge sheet by the Raigad Police and stay on any further related action. Goswami’s lawyers, Phoenix Legal, requested an urgent hearing of the matter on 3rd December. However, this request was not allowed by the Court.
In the plea Goswami filed today, he claimed that Raigad police went ahead and filed a charge sheet before the Magistrate at Alibaug despite his pending application and did not him any notice or it’s copy. Goswami also argued that this filing of charge sheet was a “complete subversion of due process given that it comes within hours of a political instruction being declared publicly by the Home Minister of Maharashtra, Anil Deshmukh.” He submitted that the Supreme Court’s observations made in the 27th November judgement, that upheld due process and personal liberty, had fallen on deaf ears of the machinery in State of Maharashtra. He also stated that it was proof of the desperate predetermined conspiracy in operation against him.
His allegations include the malicious conduct and malafide intent of the Raigad Police against him, shown by filing the charge sheet against Goswami, in order to render his earlier application moot.
He called the charge sheet a continuation of a series of actions with ulterior motives. His plea concluded by stating that “the filing of a malicious charge sheet in the present matter pending the hearing of his plea is aiding the instrumentality of the State which is being weaponised for using the force of criminal law against him”