New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Senior journalist and Republic TV Editor-in-Chief was arrested by the Mumbai Police on Wednesday over charges of abetment to suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer. According to the police, Goswami's channel Republic TV failed to provide the victim with his pending dues, which led him to end his and his mother's life in May 2018. 

Visuals by news agency ANI showed the policemen pushing Goswami inside the policemen to take him to Alibaug Police station in Mumbai. The news agency also quoted Arnab alleging physical assault by the police by illegally entering his house today morning. 

Reacting to his arrest, several politicians, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani among others condemned the act by the police and termed it as an attack over a free press and said that the act reminds them of emergency period. 

Home Minister Amit Shah accusing Congress and its allies of shaming the democracy said that the blatant misuse of state power is an attack on individual freedom and the fourth pillar of democracy. 

"Congress and its allies have shamed democracy once again. Blatant misuse of state power against Republic TV & Arnab Goswami is an attack on individual freedom and the 4th pillar of democracy. It reminds us of the Emergency. This attack on free press must be and WILL BE OPPOSED", he tweeted. 

BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda also condemned the arrest and said that 'India will again punish Sonia-Rahul Gandhi for their brazen and intimidating misuse of state power'. 

I&B minister Prakash Javadekar said, "We condemn the attack on press freedom in Maharashtra. This is not the way to treat the Press. This reminds us of the emergency days when the press was treated like this". 

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, "Inspired by the @INCIndia’s dark days of an emergency when freedom of the #Press was at its nadir, the #maharashtragovt actions against #arnab_goswami are highly deplorable! Believers of Press Freedom must come together to fight back this fascism".

"Those in the free press who don’t stand up today in support of Arnab, you are now tactically in support of fascism. You may not like him, you may not approve of him, you may despise his very existence but if you stay silent you support suppression. Who speaks if you are next?", tweeted Smriti Irani. 

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "The arrest of senior journalist #ArnabGoswami is seriously reprehensible, unwarranted and worrisome. We had fought for freedoms of Press as well while opposing the draconian Emergency of 1975". 

The Editors Guild of India also condemned the incident and said that Arnab Goswami's sudden arrest by Mumbai Police was distressing. 

Posted By: Talib Khan