Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The Bombay High Court will on Friday hear Arnab Goswami’s plea challenging his “illegal arrest” in a 2018 abetment to suicide case. Yesterday, the court had refused to grant the high-profile TV journalist interim relief.

Arnab spent a second night in a makeshift prison at a school after the high court posted the matter for hearing on Friday. Notably, the district court, while sending Arnab to a two-week judicial custody, observed his arrest "to be prima facie illegal". 

A team of 40 officials of Mumbai and Raigad Police had arrested Arnab from his Lower Parel residence on Wednesday morning for allegedly abetting the suicide of interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud in 2018.

The Home Department of Maharashtra Government led by Anil deshmukh drafted a 40-member team to arrest Arnab, which was led by Kokan range inspector general Sanjay Mohite, according to a Times of India report.

Raigad Police started preparing for “Operation Arnab” after they got permission to reopen the probe into the alleged suicides of architect Anvay Naik and his mother in 2018 and 40 personnel from chosen from Mumbai and Raigad Police to arrest the journalist, the report added.

After being sent to 14-day custody late on Wednesday night, the renowned journalist spent the night at the Alibaug Nagar Parishad School, which has been designated as a COVID-19 centre for the Alibaug prison.   

The arrest let to a war ofd words between the BJP and the Maharashtra government alliance partners Congress and Shiv Sena. 

Arnab challenged his "illegal arrest" in the high court and sought a stay to the investigation and a direction to the police to release him. He also sought that the FIR against him be quashed.  

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta