Extending Goswami’s temporary defense by three weeks, the Supreme Court ruled, “The right of a journalist under the age of 19 (a) … Free citizens cannot exist if the media cannot speak.”
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request by journalist Arnab Goswami to investigate the case, which was filed against the CBI for alleged defamation of the interim president of Congress, Sonia Gandhi. The court refused to annul the FIRs filed against him.
Goswami, editor-in-chief of Republic TV, was seized in connection with a TV show in connection with the gathering of migrants outside the Bandra train station on 14 April. In addition, several FIRs were filed against him for his show at Palghar’s lynching. In this show, he asked some questions to Congress President Sonia Gandhi about the incident, after which congressional workers complained about it in several states.
The Supreme Court extended Goswami’s temporary defense from arrest by three weeks: “Right of a journalist under 19 1 (a) higher…Free citizens can’t exist if news media can’t speak.”
At a previous trial, attorney Harish Salve, who applied to Goswami, urged the court to hand over the probe to an agency like the CBI. He said the nature of the second FIR against Goswami during a show with migrants outside Bandra station on April 14 “shows that this is an arm-twisting tactic”. “They try to stifle the unpleasant sound. This is a political party aimed at journalists. Each complainant is a member of a political party. The government has a problem. They want to teach this journalist a lesson, ”he added.
Protesting Salve’s request that the case be handed over to the CBI, Maharashtra government adviser Kapil Sibal’s chief lawyer said, “The CBI investigation will fall into your hands”. Sibal denied that Goswami was being harassed and said only relevant questions were asked of him. He said Goswami “needs to stop this community violence and community trafficking”.