In another setback to Arnab Goswami, the Alibaug CJM court has allowed the police to question Arnab Goswami for three hours every day in Taloja Jail in connection with the abetment to suicide case.
Meanwhile, the Alibaug Police have moved the sessions court challenging the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s order denying the police custody of Goswami. Instead, the CJM had sent Goswami to 14 days of judicial custody.
The order allowing 3-hour daily interrogation was passed by CJM on November 6. pic.twitter.com/7CZx2sF7Gv
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The CJM court, according to the Livelaw website, passed the order in compliance with the Maharashtra Prison Rules till the time he is able to obtain bail.
Earlier, the Bombay High Court had refused to grant bail to Goswami in the same case. Delivering its order, the Bombay High Court Bench comprising Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik said, “No prima facie case has been made out by petitioner for invoking extra-ordinary jurisdiction…We had observed that he has remedy before the Sessions Court, the same can be availed and any observations made in our order is only for the limited purpose of this application.”
Goswami’s lawyers including Harish Salve had argued that their client’s custody was illegal, but the court did not agree with their contention. In its order, according to NDTV, the high court also said that the reopening of the investigation by the state police “cannot be said to be irregular or illegal by any stretch of imagination.”
Meanwhile, Goswami has moved the Alibaug Sessions Court seeking bail in the abetment to suicide case.