Greetings, friends! The arrest of Arnab Goswami: very controversial and polarizing news. On one hand, the people are rejoicing and celebrating the news. On the other hand, some are claiming that this is fascism. Such people are now talking about freedom of speech- something that was highly unexpected What happened? Why did it happen? And was it right? Come, let us find the Arnab Goswami case detail explanation.
Starting of Case;
The case in which Arnab Goswami was arrested was actually the case of Anvay Naik, It has got nothing to do with the TRP case and the Palghar case. It is an independent case in itself. Our story begins five years ago – On 5th May 2018, Anvay Naik, a Mumbai based interior designer, committed suicide. The same day, the body of his mother was also found in the same house. Police discovered a suicide note in this case in which Anvay Naik, allegedly wrote that he was facing financial problems because several people owed him a lot of money and he had not received his payments on time, that is why he was forced to take such a step. Three people were blamed in this note- Arnab Goswami, Feroz Shaikh and Nitish Sarda.
Apparently, all three had availed the services of Anvay Naik for interior designing in different projects. But no one paid Anvay for his work. According to this note, Arnab Goswami owed Rs 83 lakh to Anvay for the work he did on his studio and Firoz Sheikh owed 4 crores while Nitish Sharda owed 55 lakhs. This is not a new story! This was in news two years ago and if you check old newspapers, you will find the details of this case. In fact, this note is also publicly available and you can see its photo on the screen.
Arnab Goswami case detail explanation;
This incident happened in Alibagh, in the Raigarh district of Maharashtra In response to this, the Raigarh police had filed an FIR and the Republic TV had denied all charges Investigations went on for around a year and in April 2019, the Raigarh police filed to close this case by saying that no sufficient evidence has been found On 16th April 2019, the judicial magistrate accepted the summary report of the police and this case was closed But do remember that the BJP was in power in Maharashtra at the time Like I have already mentioned in previous videos, the police dances to the tunes of the state government in their respective states So, it does not come off as a surprise when some people claim that this case was closed due to political pressure. But obviously, the wife and daughter of Anvay Naik were not happy with this and wanted a further investigation.
They wanted justice for Anvay Naik, This is why she had also written to the Prime Minister, requesting that investigation, in this case, should be allowed to continue In May 2020, when the government changed, the wife and daughter of Anvay Naik met the Home Minister of Maharashtra and requested re-investigation in this case. Anil Deshmukh, the Home Minister of Maharashtra, directed the police to conduct an investigation. A special investigation team was formed On 15 October 2020, the court gave permission for reinvestigation in this case.
After that, let us move to the events of the 4th of Nov, 2020, all three accused were arrested by the police. You might only have heard about Arnab Goswami but the other two accused mentioned in the note were also arrested. Right after the arrest, Anvay Naik’s wife and daughter conducted a press conference and said that they were happy with this. They claimed that there was no politics involved in this case and that prior investigation was suppressed because of Arnab Goswami Republic TV obviously said in response that this is the misuse of power.
Controversy on Payment;
Since Arnab Goswami questioned the Maharashtra government and criticized them, the latter is seeking revenge As far as the payment is concerned, Republic TV claims that 90% of the amount has already been paid to Anvay Naik’s company And the rest of the money was not paid because the work was not completed. And it was agreed that payment would be made after completion. The actual arrest was extremely controversial. A lot of videos have surfaced on social media. Some videos show that the Mumbai police dragged and manhandles Arnab Goswami while some of them show that Arnab Goswami is comfortably seated on the sofa and the police are requesting him to cooperate and he denies with excuses.
Here, take a look: “We will have to use force now if you do like this. Please cooperate We will have to use force. You have all the legal rights. Speak to the advocate. You’re entitled to your legal rights.” “Assault! Assault!” The entire day, the Republic TV ran the narrative that Arnab Goswami was assaulted by the police But in the evening, the Alibagh court labelled the allegations of assault as false and baseless. There was no assault of Arnab Goswami by the Raigarh police Right after his arrest, several Union and State Ministers of BJP started to tweet that this is a state of emergency and that this was an attempt to strangle freedom of speech and journalism and that this reminds one of the time of emergency.
The BJP supporters also started to tweet along the same lines. Hashtags started to trend in favour of Arnab Goswami BJP supporters even came out on the streets to protest in favour of Arnab Goswami with his pictures and BJP flags. It seemed as if it was the arrest of a BJP top politician, rather than a TV entertainer. This is extremely interesting because none of them even batted an eyelid when a Malayali journalist was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police on 5th October under the UAPA, only because he was on his way to cover the Hathras case or when Manipur TV journalist.
The Conversation starts on Freedom of Speech;
Two Freudian slips during the hearing of Arnab Goswami’s plea in Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order denying him interim bail https://t.co/0aqVxi8zpY
— Nupur J Sharma (@UnSubtleDesi) November 11, 2020
Wangkhem was arrested under charges of sedition on 8th October only because he had responded to a post by the wife of a BJP leader Or when a freelance journalist, Prashant was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police on 18th August 2020 in relation with a tweet Or on 16th July 2020, when Assamese journalist Rajiv Sharma because he wanted to conduct an investigation in cattle smuggling. Then, these people did not feel that journalists were being attacked Or on 11 May 2020- when Dhawal Patel, a journalist was arrested in Gujarat by the police on charges of sedition only because he was criticizing the Chief Minister. Was not the freedom of speech under attack then?
Or on 7th May 2020, when journalist Naresh Khosla was arrested in Haryana for informing the police about stone pelting Or on 3rd September 2019- when a journalist was arrested after he exposed a mid-day meal scam in which schoolchildren were fed Rotis with salt His crime was to make a report on that He was jailed under sedition charges Or on 23rd September 2020 when journalist Aakar Patel was arrested in Gujarat by the police over tweets regarding PM Modi All of these people were tight-lipped.
None of them said anything Forget about raising a voice. Actually, the Modi government is arguing a case of the appropriateness of slapping sedition charges on journalist Vinod Dua and that this was right and Vinod Dua should be jailed. Why? Because he criticized the Modi government and hence he should be jailed. This is what they are arguing in court Smriti Irani Ji tweets to say that ‘you might or might not support Arnab Goswami. You might hate him but if you remain silent here, you support suppression Who will raise a voice in your favour if you stay quiet today?’ “Who speaks if you’re next?” This is what she has tweeted I’d like to ask Smriti Irani ji – Who speaks if you’re previous? I have already enlisted the case of 10 journalists. This blog is going to be very long if we start naming all of them who have been arrested in the last five years under the Modi government only for criticizing Modi or BJP or RSS.
The reality is that you and your troll army were tight-lipped about these arrests because these were benefiting you. All the journalists that were questioning the government and making you uncomfortable- it is okay if they go to jail But when your most loyal player is jailed, it will harm you and so this time, you are agitating and crying out that this is fascism. Before we tell you our opinion on this case, we would like to tell you what would have been the opinion of Arnab Goswami had someone with opinions contrary to his been arrested in place of him.
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Role of Arnab to raise the voice against Sushant’s Murderers;
What would have happened then? we are speculating based on previous examples and Arnab Goswami’s behaviour in the past In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput, there was no evidence that Rhea had played an important role in his suicide. There was no note that was left behind by Sushant Singh Rajput alleging that Rhea owed him money and even the doctors in AIIMS had declared that this was a case of suicide and not murder. But despite that, Arnab Goswami formulated conspiracy theories and fanned them and a media trial went on for ages in which sometimes Rhea was blamed, sometimes it was Bollywood they resorted to various theatrics and hashtags like “Arrest Rhea” were run and they urged the police to arrest her despite no evidence.
Arnab Goswami has resorted to a lot of drama for TRP. The SSR case is just on example Prior to this, sometimes he declared an activist who got arrested as anti-national, sometimes groups were branded as tukde tukde gang. The arrest of an activist or someone who speaks against the government has even been celebrated by Arnab Goswami On the basis of that, we can guess that if someone was arrested, and if someone like Arnab Goswami was running TV news channels, then, this incident might have caused hashtags to trend.
For example, hashtags like- #ArnabGoswamiArrested, #AntiNationalArrested, #TukdeTukdeGangMasterArrested, #WellDoneMumbai Police Debates like Arnab Goswami was anti-national and wanted to break up the country would have raged in the media and this is why he got arrested Bombay High Court had even reprimanded the Republic TV and said that their coverage of SSR case was not investigative journalism But fortunately for Arnab Goswami, people like us are not like him.
This is why a lot of liberals wrote in favour of Arnab Goswami on Twitter and condemned the action of the police and said that this was a case of an over the reach of power of the police. In fact, some liberals went on to say that even in such abetment cases with a note naming individuals, the police should not make direct arrests This sets a bad precedent and puts every citizen at risk if the police always made such excessive use of their power The justification provided by the Maharashtra police is that Arnab Goswami would have interfered with the investigation had he been informed earlier.
But even, in my opinion, some kind of a witch hunt is being carried out against Arnab Goswami by the Maharashtra government because cases against him are surfacing one after the other- sometimes a TRP scam, sometimes something else In my opinion, what Arnab Goswami does on his TV channel amounts to dangerous speech. It divides the country and spreads fake news on such a massive scale that it incites people to become violent in the name of religion/faith And in such cases law and the police should fight against Arnab Goswami to serve a befitting legal response to him to put an end to the way Arnab is making a mockery of the news on TV today.
But at the same time, this case is about the personal matters of Arnab and has nothing to do with his journalism This is exactly what a journalism organization in Maharashtra said- This is a personal case of Arnab about whether he made the payment or not and hence it should be treated the way it should be and not from the perspective of his journalism “I want to make a request to Indian citizens and the people across the world on humanitarian grounds to please stand with me and my daughter and help us get justice and want to ask everybody- I want to ask Suresh Warade Ji and Anil Paraskar Ji- Had this happened at your house, would the FIR still be trashed like this?
Judicial views regarding this case;
Senior advocates believe that this case would not carry on for long Even if the police prove that Arnab Goswami had not made the payment to Naik which ultimately led to this scenario, even that might not be sufficient to punish Arnab Goswami, based on the previous Supreme Court judgments But it would be extremely difficult for the police to prove that this was the very act of Arnab that took Naik’s life It might be that the police has more proof regarding this case but let us see how this case unfolds.
Before we end this blog, we’d like to say that be it- BJP supporters, right-wing, left-wing, liberals or whatever political ideology you adhere to you must accept that it is necessary to raise your voice in case of wrongdoings. If you do not raise your voice, don’t expect the other side to do the same when you are being wronged. We had already seen 20-30 cases of journalists being arrested How many times have the people who identify themselves as the “right-wing”, raise their voice against this? If you don’t do that, don’t expect the other side to raise their voice either and the country would be disunited If you want to keep the country united, you must raise your voice whenever there is a wrong that is being committed If you agree with this message, share this blog, so that I keep making such in-depth, analytical blogs for you. Thank you!