Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami arrested in suicide case, BJP leaders condemn arrest



Police on Wednesday arrested Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami for allegedly abetting the suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer, a police official said.

The official said a team of Alibaug police picked up Goswami from his residence here. Goswami, who was seen being pushed into the police van, claimed police assaulted him at his home while being taken away.

In 2018, an architect and his mother committed suicide over alleged non-payment of dues by Goswami's Republic TV, the official said.

In May this year, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had announced that a re-investigation was ordered on a fresh complaint by Adnya Naik, daughter of the architect Anvay Naik.

Deshmukh had said Adnya alleged that the Alibaug police had not investigated the alleged non-payment of dues from Goswami's channel, which she claimed drove her father and grandmother to suicide in May 2018.

The Editors Guild of India has condemned the arrest of Goswami.

Many BJP leaders – including Home Minister Amit Shah, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu, and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju – also condemned the arrest.

Meanwhile Maharashtra government Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik called the arrest “Part 2 of India's Most Wanted.”