One of India’s most popular and polarizing television journalists has been arrested in connection with the 2018 suicide case, escalating the ongoing feud between the conservative news anchor and the Maharashtra state government.
Arnab Goswami, founder of Right Channel Republic TV, was arrested from his home in Mumbai on Wednesday morning. This provoked outrage from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Home Minister Amit Shah, who called it a “clear misuse of state power”.
Goswami has made a name for himself as one of India’s most aggressive and pro-government TV news hosts. On Republic TV, he is regularly seen making noise and pointing at the camera as he has made the Hindu nationalist cause of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi a tremendous champion.
Republic TV has been accused of smelling opponents and fanning anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. He is under investigation for allegedly rigging his audience ratings by paying people to leave his television to run his channel permanently. Republic TV and Goswami have vehemently denied the allegations.
Most recently, Goswami opposed the Maharashtra state government, which was controlled by the Shiv Sena party, and accused him of being involved in the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who killed himself in June. Had opposed it.
Shiv Sena is a former ally of the BJP, but both parties are now bitter rivals. Goswami was accused of using Rajput’s death to oust the BJP’s political rival in Maharashtra, as were other BJP supporters who furthered the story that Rajput was killed. Done, which has proved unfounded.
Leading figures from the BJP have accused the Maharashtra government of “taking revenge” on Goswami by arresting him in connection with the 2018 suicide of interior designer Anwai Naik. In a note, Naik allegedly accused Goswami of killing him by refusing to pay for the work he had done for Republic TV. The allegations are baseless, Republic TV said in a statement in 2018.
Under the previous BJP administration in Maharashtra, the Naik case was closed following alleged political pressure, but Mumbai police said it has now reopened.
BJP president JP Nanda has termed Goswami’s arrest as an “attack on freedom of the press”, while former BJP Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that “such attempts to stifle the voice against the government are anti-democratic.” Are harmful to. “
However, many have accused the BJP of hypocrisy, pointing out that many journalists and publications criticizing the BJP government are regularly branded as “enemies of the country” and criminalized. Arrested under the law. During the Cowboys 19 crisis, more than 50 journalists have been arrested for critical coverage. In a recent report on borders without reporters, India was ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the Global Press Freedom Index.
Shiv Sena had denied any involvement in Goswami’s arrest. Shiv Sena spokesperson Anil Prabh said, “The state government or any political party has nothing to do with the arrest.” “There is no politics of revenge. The BJP is trying to save Arnab Goswami as if the police party has snatched his party worker.
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