Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami has defended his decision to unlawfully hack into Shashi Tharoor’s emails saying that the act was integral to journalism. His channel released a statement attributed to Goswami just days after Janta Ka Reporter first reported how the Patiala House Court had directed the Delhi Police to file an FIR against him.
In a defiance to the court order, the statement by Goswami read, “Accessing documents to reveal the truth is integral to journalism. I am proud proud that we have done so and that because of our investigative journalism, the Sunanda Pushkar case is under scrutiny. I will fight this matter in the courts and I am absolutely convinced that the people of India will stand by us as we continue on the path of journalism that stands for the nation.”
His statement evoked mixed reactions on social media with some pledging their support for him, while others hoping for him to go to jail.
The Patiala House Court, in its judgement on 21 January, had directed the Delhi Police to initiate a probe and file an FIR against Goswami, who founded Republic TV with the help of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrsekhar in 2017.
The court order, according to Bar and Bench website, had stated, “This court is of the considered view that in view of allegations leveled by complainant and material produced on record in the form of RTI replies and other material, matter disclosed commission of cognizable offence. In these circumstances, SHO concerned is directed to register FIR in this matter and investigate the same as per law.”
One of the charges against Goswami is that he allegedly hacked into Shashi Tharoor’s personal emails, stealing documents.
Arnab Goswami had founded Republic TV in 2017 with the help of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, Rajeev Chandrasekhar.