A Mumbai sessions court has dismissed a defamation complaint filed by Mumbai deputy commissioner of police Abhishek Trimukhe against Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, his wife Samyabrata Ray Goswami, and the channel’s parent company ARG Outlier Media Pvt. Ltd, LiveLaw reported.
Judge Uday Padwad dismissed the complaint on the grounds that it was filed by Trimukhe himself and not by the public prosecutor, as mandated by law.
Trimukhe's complaint was filed in connection with remarks made by Arnab Goswami about the Mumbai police's role in the investigation into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. According to Bar and Bench, the statements were made during a panel discussion on Republic Bharat.
Indian Express reported: "Trimukhe in the complaint had said the coverage claimed that he was trying to save actor Rhea Chakraborty, one of the suspects in the case, stating that it was done with the intent to tarnish his reputation and create 'unjustified rumours'."
Trimukhe also stated that owing to the channel's coverage, he lost goodwill and reputation.