- NL Sena
The Mumbai police have filed an FIR against the Republic TV editor for allegedly communalising a gathering of migrant workers in Bandra.
The Supreme Court today rejected Arnab Goswami’s plea seeking the transfer of the Mumbai police’s case against him for allegedly communalising a gathering of migrants in Bandra to the CBI. The court also rejected the Republic TV editor’s plea to quash the FIR, reported.
“The bench, however, has confirmed the earlier interim order passed on April 24, allowing the consolidation of several FIRs and their transfer to Mumbai,” the website reported. “The interim protection granted on April 24 has been extended by three more weeks to enable him to avail appropriate remedy with respect to the FIR. There is a further direction to the Mumbai Police Commissioner to provide him protection.”
“The court has also clarified that there should not be any further FIRs against him on the same cause of action, and quashed the subsequent FIRs.”
The FIR in question was filed on May 4 by Irfan Abubakar Shaikh, secretary of the Raza Educational Welfare Society. It accused Goswami of communalising the Bandra gathering and trying to "create hatred" against Muslims.
In his prayer seeking the quashing of the FIR, Goswami had called it "politically motivated" and "patently false, vindictive, frivolous, malicious and precipitated with malice".
At the on the matter, Goswami’s lawyer Harish Salve claimed the Mumbai police’s investigation against the anchor was meant to harass him for asking “unpleasant questions”. Questioning the police’s neutrality, he prayed for the investigation to be handed over to the CBI.
Kapil Sibal, appearing for Maharashtra, objected, arguing that giving the case to the CBI would mean that the "investigation will go into your hands”, meaning the central government.
Previously, over a hundred FIRs had been filed against Goswami after he linked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi with the lynching of three Hindu sadhus in Palghar, Maharashtra. Goswami had challenged the FIRs in the Supreme Court, which stayed them all except the one filed at Nagpur’s Sadar police station which it transferred for investigation to Mumbai.
If you are wondering what Goswami said on his April 14 show about the gathering of migrants in Bandra, watch this episode of TV Newsance.
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