Reminds us of Emergency: Ministers condemn Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami’s arrest

Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami on Wednesday alleged that he has been physically assaulted by the Mumbai Police.

NewsMobile Editor-in-Chief Saurabh Shukla condemned the assault on Arnab Goswami.

Various ministers took to Twitter to condemn Arnab’s arrest.

Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted:

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar took to Twitter to comment on the incident and 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.”

Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development, Smriti Irani tweeted, “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 ?”

External Affairs Minister of India, Dr S. Jaishankar tweeted:

 The Editors Guild of India also condemned the arrest of Arnab Goswami.

Mumbai Police entered Goswami’s residence and allegedly attempted to detain him.
Republic TV channel telecast visuals of Mumbai Police entering Goswami’s residence and what appears to be a scuffle.

Goswami had earlier been booked in two cases related to his alleged provocative remarks and defaming Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi in a television debate on Palghar mob lynching incident and Bandra station crowding incident report at NM Joshi Marg police station and Pydhonie police station respectively.

The two cases were registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including provocation with intent to cause riots, defamation, statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes, criminal intimidation, and criminal conspiracy.

On June 30, the Bombay High Court stayed two FIRs registered against Goswami.

The Supreme Court, on October 26, adjourned for two weeks the hearing on an appeal filed by the Maharashtra government challenging the Bombay High Court order, which stayed the investigation against Arnab Goswami in connection with his alleged comments on his show over the Palghar lynching case.

In April this year, Goswami and his wife Samyabrata Ray were allegedly attacked when they were driving back home from the Republic TV Headquarters in Worli.

(With ANI inputs)

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