Sunanda Pushkar’s death: Congress ‘drags in’ Arnab Goswami, Times Now flashes news with prominence

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The Delhi Police on Monday charged Congress MP Shashi Tharoor with abetment to suicide in the Sunanda Pushkar death case. The Congress sensationally hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for carrying out vendetta against Tharoor. The party said that Tharoor had been charged at the instance of ‘revenge-seeking’ Modi.

Arnab Goswami

Speaking to media, the party’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Singh Surjewala, said, “Where’s the charge (against Tharoor) coming from? This is coming from the factory of lies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who’s threatening Congress leaders that he will seek revenge against them. Mr Prime Minister, let me reiterate again as stated by Dr Manmohan Singh. Your statement threatening Congress leaders will not deter us from raising voice against the government.”

Surjewala said that the Delhi Police, at the behest of Modi, had attempted to malign Tharoor with ‘false charges.’ He then went on to take a dig at Republic TV’s co-founder Arnab Goswami, who was recently booked for abetment to suicide after an interior designer ended his life in Alibaug near Mumbai complaining of non-payment of dues by Republic TV.

“They’ve carried out media trial against him. And surprisingly, media trial is also being conducted by a certain select media group, who themselves are charged for a similar offence. But they forget to show those charges against themselves,” Surjewala added.

Surjewala’s dig at Goswami was promptly picked up by Times Now as a big news flash. Goswami had worked at Times Now as its editor-in-chief until he was reportedly asked to go in 2016. Times Now’s news flash said, “Congress drags in Arnab Goswami.”

Times Now’s news flash on Goswami being booked for abetment to suicide too was widely viewed as the channel drawing pleasure in highlighting the criminal allegations against its former employee. Its headline then had read, “Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief and managing director of Republic TV, has been booked under charges of abetment to suicide.”

The Congress had held an emergency press conference to ask why the founder of Republic TV had not been arrested despite the Mumbai Police registering an FIR against him in an abetment to suicide case.

The Delhi Police on Monday filed a charge-sheet before metropolitan magistrate  Dharmender Singh at Patiala House Court under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.

According to reports, the cops have concluded that it was a case of suicide and not murder. The FIR in the case was filed under section 302 IPC.

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