Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Republic Media Network, could not get interim relief from the Bombay High Court on Thursday. The court adjourned the hearing till Friday, saying that it wants to hear the matter in detail. Arnab was sent to judicial custody for 14 days in the Architect suicide case by the Alibaug court late on Wednesday.
Arnab had filed a petition in the High Court, along with bail, declaring his arrest as unlawful. However, he could not get relief from the court despite the cross-examination of several eminent lawyers on his behalf. Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik said that after hearing both sides on Friday will give judgment in this matter. The bench in its petition to Arnab, besides giving the information of the deceased architect Anvay's wife and other information, also made the central government a party and available copies of the petition to them.
The court said that it will also hear the petition of the order of the daughter of Anvay on Friday, in which it has sought a re-investigation into the suicide case of her father. Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Arnab, demanded immediate relief from the court, saying that granting interim bail will not break the sky in Maharashtra.
Procedures can be relieved when citizens' freedom is concerned. Calling the reopening of the investigation in the Anvay suicide case completely illegal, Arnab's second lawyer, Abad Ponda, said that the re-investigation of the closed case was against the established criminal principles. On this, the court said that the state and the complainant in this case both have to be given notice. You have to listen to all the parties.
You have other avenues to challenge judicial custody. Another petition related to the same case was filed on behalf of senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani and two other lawyers Ravi Sharma and Gunjan Mangla. In this, Goswami's arrest was called a gross violation of his fundamental rights and his freedom and violation of the rights obtained under Article 21 of the Constitution.
This petition stated that an investigation was initiated by reopening a closed case only to misuse the power against the person questioning the government and forcibly arrest him. According to the petition, it has now been proved that the case was reopened based on a video of Akshata Naik, the wife of the deceased architect, who was closed by the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Raigarh due to political vendetta.