Mumbai: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday condemned the arrest of Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.
“Congress and its allies have shamed democracy once again. Blatant misuse of state power against Republic TV & Arnab Goswami is an attack on individual freedom and the 4th pillar of democracy,” he said in a tweet.
“It reminds us of the Emergency. This attack on the free press must be and WILL BE OPPOSED,” he added.
Congress and its allies have shamed democracy once again.
Blatant misuse of state power against Republic TV & Arnab Goswami is an attack on individual freedom and the 4th pillar of democracy.
It reminds us of the Emergency. This attack on free press must be and WILL BE OPPOSED.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 4, 2020
Arnab Goswami was arrested by Mumbai Police on Wednesday and alleged that he along with his mother-in-law, father-in-law, son, and wife have been physically assaulted.
Mumbai Police entered Goswami’s residence today and allegedly physically assaulted his family members and him.
Republic TV channel telecast visuals of Mumbai Police entering Goswami’s residence and what appears to be a scuffle.
Republic TV has alleged that Arnab was attacked by policemen and then forcibly taken to Raigad in Maharashtra. While it is unclear in which case he has been arrested, Republic TV reported that Arnab has been detained in connection with the 2018 suicide of interior designer Anvay Naik, who allegedly designed the Republic Studio. A case of abetment to suicide was registered against Arnab in Raigad as the family alleged that the suicide occurred on non-payment of bills. Arnab was first placed in a car and then pushed into a van, according to scenes on the channel. As he was being taken into the van, Arnab told the cameras that he and his family were beaten up inside the house.