Indian police today arrested Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami from Mumbai for allegedly abetting the suicide of an architect two and half years ago, a police official said.
A team of Alibag police picked up Goswami from his residence in Mumbai, reports our New Delhi correspondent quoting the official.
Goswami, who was seen being pushed into the police van, claimed he was assaulted by police at his home while being taken away.
In 2018, a 53-year-old architect and his mother committed suicide over alleged non-payment of dues by Republic TV, the official said.
In May this year, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had announced that a re-investigation has been ordered on a fresh complaint by Adnya Naik, daughter of the architect Anvay Naik.
Deshmukh had said Adnya alleged that the Alibag police had not investigated the alleged non-payment of dues from Goswami’s channel, which she claimed drove her father and grandmother to suicide in May, 2018.
India’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar condemned the arrest of Goswami.
“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,” Javadekar tweeted.
The Congress government under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had imposed the infamous Emergency across India in 1975 and arrested many leading opposition leaders in jail and clamped down on press freedom.
The Congress is now a part of the coalition government in Maharashtra led by erstwhile BJP ally Shiv Sena whose supreme leader Uddhav Thackeray is the Chief Minister.