Mumbai: The Bombay High Court will hear Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami’s bail plea on Friday (November 6, 2020). Goswami was arrested on Wednesday in the case related to the suicide of architect and interior designer Anvay Naik in 2018.
Earlier, on Thursday Bombay HC refused to grant interim bail to Arnab Goswami in abetment to suicide case. The veteran journalist has been remanded to 14-day judicial custody till November 18 in a 2018 abetment to suicide case.
Goswami in his bail petition has termed his arrest as “illegal” and sought quashing of the FIR lodged against him by Alibaug Police.
The HC bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik, which refused to give any interim relief to Republic TV managing director, will consider the prayer for the interim order for release at 3 pm on Friday.
The HC bench has also directed Goswami to make the complainant in the case, Akshata Naik, Anvay’s wife, a respondent to his plea. “We have to hear all the parties concerned before considering the interim relief sought. We have to also hear the complainant as the family of the deceased has filed a petition here seeking transfer of the probe,” the bench said.
Senior counsel Aabad Ponda, appearing for Goswami, said a bail plea filed before the Alibaug magistrate’s court has been withdrawn. “The magistrate had not given clarity on when the bail plea would be heard and had also expressed difficultly in hearing the same as the case lies in the jurisdiction of the sessions court. Hence, we are seeking interim bail here in the high court,” Ponda said.
Notably, November 6 is the last day before the court’s vacation begins. While hearing the matter, Justice Shinde said the bench will hear both sides and pass an appropriate order on Friday.
Goswami was arrested on November 4 morning from his Mumbai residence and sent to 14-day judicial custody. A request for police custody was turned down by the court.