Mumbai, Nov 9: The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to grant an interim bail to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in a two-year-old abetment to suicide case of an interior designer.
Dismissing Goswami’s bail plea, the Division Bench comprising Justice SS Shinde and MS Karnik, however, clarified that the petitioner can approach the Sessions Court to seek a regular bail.
The Division Bench, in its order, further said that it will not be construed as an impediment to the accused to approach the Sessions Court under Section 439 of CrPC (released on bail).
The order was reserved by the High Court on Saturday. At that time also, the Court had said that the pendency of this matter, however, does not preclude the accused persons from approaching the sessions court to seek regular bail.
Goswami was arrested by the city police on November 4 for his alleged involvement in abetment of suicide of architect and interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother over non-payment of dues by his firm. He was later sent to 14 days of judicial custody by a local court.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson and Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court Gaurav Bhatia wrote a letter to Chief Justice of India SA Bobde urging him to take suo moto cognizance of “the blatant violation of basic human rights by Maharashtra Government and the Mumbai Police” during Goswami’s arrest.
“My humble appeal to the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India in Arnab Goswami ‘s matter. Like all citizens of India I have full faith in the temple of Justice, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. Arnab will surely get justice”, Bhatia tweeted along with posting screenshots of the letter.
Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari spoke to Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and expressed his concern over Goswami’s security and health.