New Delhi, 11-11-2020: After much commotion the Supreme Court of India has ordered the release of Arnab Goswami and other co-accused on interim bail. The top court ordered each accused to provide a personal bond of Rs. 50,000. Mr. Goswami was taken into custody on November 4 and recently moved to Taloja jail.
Mr Goswami’s lawyer Harish Salve had argued in the hearing: “Is Arnab Goswami a terrorist? Are there any murder charges on him? Why can’t he be given bail?” The court had some tough words for the Maharashtra government over the arrest last Wednesday of the TV anchor. According to the Mumbai Police, Anvay Naik, who designed the sets of Republic TV, had left a suicide note blaming Mr Goswami and two others for dues he alleged had not been paid to him.
The Supreme Court questioned when some dues were not paid would a suicide mean abetment. “Would it not be a travesty of justice if someone is denied bail for this,” said the judges.
“If state governments target individuals, they must realise there is an apex court to protect liberty of citizens… We must send a message today to the high courts as well. Please exercise your jurisdiction to uphold personal liberty,” the court said.