Mumbai: The ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra dismissed Wednesday the opposition BJP’s allegations of ‘politics of revenge’ and ‘muzzling of the press freedom’. The BJP made the comments after the arrest of Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in a suicide abetment case. Arnab Goswami was later produced in court.
Shiv Sena minister Anil Parab said Goswami had duped a ‘Marathi’ entrepreneur forcing the latter to commit suicide two years ago. Sena leader Sanjay Raut told reporters the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of the Sena, NCP and Congress has never acted vindictively against anyone since it came to power last year. He also claimed that the Maharashtra government or any political party had nothing to do with the arrest.
Goswami was arrested in Mumbai by Raigad police Wednesday morning. He has been charged with allegedly abetting suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer in 2018.
“Proper procedure of law is followed in Maharashtra. Police can take action against anyone if they have evidence. The Maharashtra government hasn’t acted out of revenge,” Raut told reporters. “There is no anarchy in Maharashtra and law of the land is followed. Mumbai police is a professional force. It is not a black day for media. Journalists also should follow ethics. Media is not an investigating agency or court. This observation is of the highest court. We are all journalists. Whoever does anything wrong will be punished by the police,” added Raut.
Parab is the Sena spokesperson and Maharashtra Parliamentary Affairs Minister. He told reporters that Goswami’s name was mentioned in the suicide note written by the interior designer.
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“The Naik family had moved the court and the case is being investigated. Goswami duped Marathi entrepreneur Anvay Naik due to which he committed suicide. Earlier, the case wasn’t investigated two years ago as per the contents of the suicide note,” Parab said.
“The Naik family then moved court and the probe started. Where does the question of the attack on the freedom of press arise? There is no politics of revenge. The BJP is trying to save Arnab Goswami as if their party worker has been taken away by the police,” Parab added while terming Goswami as the ‘BJP’s parrot’.
“A Marathi woman became a widow…and the case is being investigated. What is wrong in that? Why is the BJP trying to save him (Goswami)? How can it be called as the state of emergency in Maharashtra when a person booked for abetment of suicide is arrested?” Parab asked.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik termed Goswami’s arrest as ‘Part 2 of India’s Most Wanted’. He recalled the action against a TV crime show anchor who was charged with killing his wife.
Suhaib Ilyasi had shot into limelight after hosting TV crime show ‘India’s Most Wanted’. He was charged with murdering his wife in March 2000. He was, however, acquitted by the Delhi High Court in October 2018.
“Once upon a time there was a show called India’s Most Wanted. The Anchor highlighted murders & suicides, the same anchor was held responsible for his wife’s murder,” Minority Affairs Minister Malik tweeted without naming Ilyasi.
“Here is Part 2 of India’s Most Wanted, another anchor doing the same is now responsible for suicide #ArnabArrested,” he added on the micro-blogging site.
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