Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Republic Media Network, could not even get bail on Saturday. After hearing all the sides, the Bombay High Court reserved the verdict. The bench, which is hearing, said that it will give its verdict soon after consulting the Chief Justice of the High Court.
The High Court states that in the meantime all parties are free to move to the Sessions Court. Arnab was arrested on Wednesday morning in a two-year-old case of abetment to suicide. He called his arrest illegal the next day to quash the case and his habeas corpus petition was filed in the High Court for interim bail.
The bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik has been advising Arnab's lawyers since the first day of hearing that they should consider other options for bail. The High Court cannot pass judgment without hearing all the parties related to the case. Justice Shinde had advised Arnab's lawyers to go to the Sessions Court under Section 439 of the CrPC. Arnab's lawyers, on the other hand, have been consistently insisting that the High Court decide on Article 226 of the Constitution in connection with an illegal arrest.
Even after the hearing began on Saturday, the bench warned all the parties that if the debate is not completed today, the matter may get stuck up to 23rd due to the Diwali holidays. However, the Diwali holiday in the High Court starts on Monday. But, since the debate is over. Therefore, it is believed that the bench will give its verdict before Diwali in consultation with the Chief Justice. By the way, Arnab's trouble does not seem to be diminishing.
The Alibag Police has challenged the order of Raigad Chief Judicial Magistrate in the Sessions Court, which sent Arnab to judicial custody till 18 November. The matter is also scheduled to be heard on Monday. Arnab's lawyers have been continuously alleging in the High Court that the state government is misusing its powers. She is harassing him by Arnab for exposing the shortcomings of the government and raising questions against him.