Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The Bombay High Court on Thursday issued a notice to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami who had filed a plea challenging his arrest by the Mumbai Police. While listing the journo's plea challenging his arrest for 3 pm on Friday, the court said that it will hear both sides and then "pass an appropriate order".

"There are other litigants, matters pending. We are ready to examine, but we have to keep in mind that we have not issued notice, respondents should get opportunity to reply," a two-judge bench of the Bombay High Court said, as reported by Bar and Bench.

Goswami was arrested by the Mumbai Police in the wee hours of Wednesday for allegedly abetting the suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer in 2018. The police has also an FIR against Goswami and his wife for "obstructing, assaulting, verbally abusing and intimidating" an official and tampering with "government papers".

Following his arrest, the journo was produced by the police in the Alibaug court along with two other accuses Feroz Shaikh and Nitesh Darda which has sent him to judicial custody till November 18. "The court asked the police to file their reply and posted it for hearing tomorrow," his lawyer Aabad Ponda was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

Media Club demands release of Goswami

While Goswami has been arrested for alleged abetment of suicide, a media club in Noida has demanded his release, calling Mumbai Police's action "shocking and "misuse of state power".

In a statement, the club condemned Uddhav Thackeray government's action against Goswami and dubbed police's action against him in the past as "shameful" and called it a "witch-hunt".

"The action seems to be a direct attack on the fourth pillar of democracy. The Mumbai police's action is being taken to terrorise the free press, journalists and all media professionals at large," the Noida Media Club said in a statement.

What does the Mumbai Police have to say?

The Mumbai Police have informed that the Republic TV editor-in-chief has been arrested under sections 306
(abetment of suicide), and 34 (acts done by persons in
furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. The police further said that his pertains to the 2018 case of a man and his mother committing suicide, noting that it has evidence against Goswami.

"When we gave the intimation (of arrest) to Goswami's wife, she tore up the paper," the police said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma