The Bombay High Court on Thursday said that no interim relief will be given to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in connection with his arrest on Wednesday over the suicide of an architect and his mother in 2018. Saying it wants to hear the matter “in detail”, a two-member bench of the court denied Goswami’s plea, and has listed the matter for Friday.
Goswami had moved the court to intimidate the case against him. However, the court said it was not inclined to grant any relief unless notices were issued to the respondents.”Can’t pass interim order without hearing Complaint and State,” a bench comprising Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik said.
Senior lawyer Harish Salve, appearing for Goswami, argued there were several cases against the journalist by virtue of his profession and asked: “Please release this man as an ad-interim measure and hear the case in detail later. Will heavens fall in Maharashtra if he is released on interim bail?” Another senior lawyer representing the Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Goswami, Abad Ponda, argued that the investigation into this case was “illegal” and showed “scant respect” for the Magistrate who closed the investigation.