Arnab Goswami’s arrest in abetment to suicide case

As was expected, Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami was arrested by Raigad police on Wednesday (Nov 04) morning. It is learnt that Arnab has been arrested in connection with an old abetment to suicide case. He has been arrested under Section 306 and Section 34 of IPC for allegedly abetting the suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer Anvay Naik. Architect and his mother committed suicide in 2018 over alleged non-payment of dues by Republic TV. Naik's wife said he left a suicide note in which he blamed Mr Goswami for his death. She has been campaigning on social media for the case to be investigated thoroughly. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh recently ordered a special team to investigate the case. The arrest comes in the middle of Goswami's row with the Mumbai Police over its investigations into a ratings scam and allegations that Republic TV is among three channels involved in manipulating TRPs or Television Rating Points by bribing households metred for viewership.
Goswami is known for his aggressive style of anchoring and questioning. But his critics say that he often comes across as sympathetic to right-wing politics in the country. In recent months, he has been particularly critical of Mumbai police over their handling of the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. He often accused Mumbai police of being lenient in their investigation into the star's death. He has also been critical of the Maharashtra state government, which is run by a coalition headed by regional Shiv Sena party.
Goswami’s Republic Media Network presently owns and operates two channels namely Republic TV in English and Republic Bharat in Hindi. Before Republic TV, Goswami was the editor-in-chief and a news anchor of Times Now and ET Now, from 2006 to 2016.  Previously, he had also served stints at NDTV and The Telegraph. On Times Now, he anchored The Newshour, a live debate at 9 pm weekdays, which propelled him to widespread fame. He also hosted a special television programme Frankly Speaking with Arnab. In November 2016, Goswami resigned as editor-in-chief of Times Now.[His news channel Republic TV was launched in May 2017. His father, Manoranjan Goswami joined the Indian Army in the early 1960s and retired as a colonel after serving in the army for nearly 30 years. Upon retirement, he joined the BJP and was the party's unsuccessful candidate in 1998 Lok Sabha Polls for the Guwahati constituency.
He has been noted for his opinionated reporting[in support of BJP and Hindutva across a wide spectrum of situations  including by uncritical reproduction of government narratives, avoiding criticism of figures from the ruling party and presenting political opponents in a negative light. His, Republic TV has been since compared to North Korean media for its extreme pro-government affinity and muzzling of dissent.  
 

- Prabhakar Purandare

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