Raigad Police challenges session court’s order refusing Arnab Goswami’s police custody as Republic TV founder spends second night in judicial custody

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The Raigad Police have filed a revision application in a sessions court challenging the order passed by a local court in Alibaug refusing police custody of Arnab Goswami in the abetment to suicide case. Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Sunaina Pingle on Wednesday had sent Goswami and two others to 14 days of judicial custody as she observed that the prosecution had failed to prima facie establish a link between the deceased and the accused.

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In their revision application, according to news agency PTI, the police have said that the CJM court at Alibaug erred in not considering the submissions and grounds submitted by the prosecution while seeking custody of Goswami and two others namely Feroze Shaikh and Nitesh Sarda. The police have asked the sessions court to quash the order passed by the CJM by granting them the custody of Goswami and two others.

The sessions court is scheduled to hear the matter on 7 November.

The police had arrested Goswami on Wednesday morning from his residence in connection with the abetment to suicide case. He was later produced before the CJM in Alibaug, around 90 kms away from Mumbai. The 47-year-old Republic TV founder was later sent to judicial custody till 18 November.

Goswami approached the Bombay High Court on Thursday seeking his immediate release but the Bench comprising Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik refused to grant interim relief to Goswami and posted the matter for Friday.

The case pertains to the suicide of interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother in 2018. The police had filed an FIR against Arnab Goswami, Feroz Shaikh of IcastX/Skimedia and Nitesh Sarda of Smartworks, on the charge of abetment to suicide at Alibaug police station on a complaint by one Akshata. According to the complaint, the deceased had worked with the three persons he named in the suicide note. According to his wife’s complaint, the three did not clear his pending bills, leading Naik to suffer severe losses in his business.

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