Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Republic Media Network, did not get interim bail from the Bombay High Court. Now he has to apply to the court again in Alibaug Sessions Court.
The Bombay High Court justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik on Monday rejected Arnab Goswami's interim bail. The petitioner's petition does not show any special circumstances under which he will be granted interim bail from the High Court. We think he has a route open to the sessions court. He should go to the session court.
The sessions court should hear his petition within the stipulated period as per his merit. The High Court also said that during the hearing of the interim bail. Any comment made should not be an obstacle in the sessions court. The High Court has pronounced this decision in the case of Arnab as well as in the case of two co-accused Nitesh Sarada and Feroze Sheikh.
In 2018, Arnab was arrested from his home on November 4 for allegedly abetting him in the suicide case of Anvayu Naik, an architect. Arnab filed a habeas corpus petition in the High Court for interim bail. Hearing the petition, the High Court several times advised Arnab's lawyers to appeal to the sessions court under Section 439 of the CrPC. The High Court was of the view that giving such interim bail directly in such cases could be the beginning of a wrong practice.
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