TRP fraud case: Will not take action against Arnab Goswami, other Republican employees until Wednesday, the government told HC

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |

December 15, 2020 9:36:49 PM

Senior lawyer Aabad Ponda said he was concerned that Mumbai police were arresting Goswami and other canal employees and therefore sought intermediate help until the next hearing in this case.

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday assured the Bombay High Court that it would not take action against Republic TV TV chief editor Arnab Goswami and other ARG Outlier Media Pvt employees. Ltd until Wednesday, the next hearing.

Bombay High Court accepted statement and said it would hear the TV channel’s plea for annulment FIR and Mumbai Police Prosecution File for TRP Scam Fraud Tomorrow.

Senior lawyer Aabad Ponda said on Tuesday that the SS Shinde justice division and MS Karnik justice feared that Mumbai police would arrest Goswami and other canal employees and therefore sought a temporary relief until the next hearing in this case.

Ponda argued that, according to a certain clause in the indictment, the form submitted by the police to arrest any Republic TV employee was invalid, as the Supreme Court found it illegal.

Chief prosecutor Deepak Thakare opposed Ponda’s arguments, saying the channel could not seek a “general order” to prevent police from arresting any of its employees. He also said that Republic TV’s request was not upheld because the officials of the channel they intended to arrest the Mumbai police were not parties to the complaints and therefore the court could not grant them any exemption.

However, Ponda stated that the indictment, in addition to the name of the channel and its publisher, also mentions “sambandhit vyakti (relatives)” and therefore all employees of the channel could seek help.

Ponda added that he had been informed that Mumbai police had arrived in Delhi to arrest Goswami and that it was therefore urgent for the court to intervene until both sides were heard.

After the court asked Thakare to ask for instructions, he said that no coercive action would be taken against the people mentioned in the indictment file until December 16.

Meanwhile, a court in Mumbai on Tuesday seconded the Director General of the Republic, Vikas Khanchandani, who was arrested in the TRP case on December 13, in judicial custody for 14 days. Moreover, the Mumbai Police assured the session court that they will not arrest CFO Republic TV S Sundaram in this case until December 21.

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