Setback for Arnab as Bombay HC rejects his plea for interim bail

Mumbai: In a major setback to Republic TV Managing Director and Chief Editor Arnab Goswami, the Bombay High Court on Monday rejected his interim bail plea and asked him to apply for regular bail before the trial court.

A division bench of Justice S.S. Shinde and Justice M.S. Karnik asked him to file for regular bail under Section 439 of the CrPC with the Alibaug court and directed that it should be decided on merits within four days, “without being influenced by observations” by the HC’s observations.
The division bench also posted Goswami’s writ petition – seeking quashing of the police FIR against him – for hearing on December 10, and declined to grant his plea to stay the investigations in the case at this stage.
Goswami’s team has already filed its bail plea before the Alibaug court on Monday – a day after he was shifted from a school there  to the Taloja Central Jail on November 8.
The Republic TV head was arrested on November 4 in connection with the double-suicide case of architect Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik on May 5, 2018 for alleged non-payment of his dues by Goswami, and two other creditors, Feroze Shaikh and Nitesh Sarda.
Naik’s widow Akshata Naik and their daughter Adnya Naik, have filed a separate plea seeking a reinvestigation into the case or transferring it to an independent agency for probe.

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