Supreme Court’s bench of Justices Chandrachud & Indira Banerjee assembled on Wednesday.
Senior Advocate Harish Salve appeared for Arnab Goswami.
”Before you begin, there is one aspect we look at in these matters where there is a challenge to the FIR’s. The only prayer which survives is the quashing of FIR,” said Justice Chandrachud.
”The overlay of the malice and fact and the abuse and conduct of state power is not something that happens on a day in and day our basis. Please see the totality of these issues,” said Salve for Arnab Goswami.
”We are well past the FIR stage. The FIR was lodged in 2018, May 5. After this matter was investigated. The Power to re-investigation has been wrongly used,” said Salve for Arnab Goswami.
Salve has read the Closure report.
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“The Marathi version of the closure report has not been filed”, says Justice Chandrachud.
”During this time the workers of Anvay Naik were asking for money and he (Abbay) and his mother were in a lot of financial stress,” said Salve
”I had argued that there was no case of abetment to suicide made out against Arnab Goswami,” Salve Said.
Salve read averments which say that Anvay Naik murdered his mother.
His mother wrote a nasty letter to Arnab in angst and financial distress, said Salve
Person was driven to a point where they committed suicide because say ₹ 88 lacs balance payment remains, not a case of abetment to suicide, explained Salve
Justice Chandrachud asked if the family was aware that a closure report had been filed.
”They all remained silent till May 2020. The matter is ordered for reinvestigation,” says Salve
Senior Advocate Harish Salve taking the bench through all cases filed against Arnab Goswami and Republic TV reporters — no offence made out in any.
Salve now on breach of privilege motion moved against Goswami by Maha Legislative Assembly.
“During discussion in the Assembly, the suicide case is brought up,” Salve said.
”So it has nothing to do with the Assembly as such?” asked Justice Chandrachud
”No, unfortunately the matter is pending and the CJI Pulled up the Secretary of Maha Assembly,” said Salve
”Mentioning names of someone in single worded salutations have been made as derogatory, only in a republic like India – and a breach of privilege motion is initiated against Arnab Goswami by Maha Assembly,” said Salve taking the bench through matrix of events with respect to Arnab
As per Naiks suicide note Goswami owed him ₹ 88 lacs and he already paid him ₹ 5 crores, already shown you the letter but a Mr. shaikh who owes him over ₹ 5 crores is not in the picture, the discussion is about only Arnab Goswami, Salve said
”What is the date of this discussion in the Assembly ?” asked Justice Chandrachud
”It was September 8,” replied Salve
An FIR filed on complaint of Hansa on October 6 and the Mumbai Police CP made allegations against Republic, said Salve, telling the court about the alleged TRP Scam issue.
Hansa Research filed a complaint through one of the guys who works for them, a Mr. Bhandari, said Salve.