Indian police arrest TV news anchor Arnab Goswami in a suicide case
Indian police have arrested a firebrand television news anchor and charged him with abetment to suicide in connection with the 2018 deaths of an interior designer and the designer’s mother.
Goswami was arrested by policemen at his Mumbai residence, according to senior police official Sachin Vaze.
Senior Mumbai police officer Sanjay Mohite on Wednesday said the charges against Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami are linked to the deaths of interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother, which police determined to be suicide.
Naik’s family alleged the designer took his own life after Goswami and two others refused to pay back a large amount of money owed to him.
Naik’s suicide note was also found by the police said he took his life because Goswami and two others owed him a large sum of money and refused to pay it back.
However, Goswami has denied the charge.
Goswami was first arrested in 2018 in connection with the deaths but was released and the case closed.
But the case has recently been reopened following a push by Naik’s family for a thorough investigation.
“Black day of India’s democracy”
In a response to Goswami’s arrest, Republic TV described the arrest in a statement as a “black day of India’s democracy” and alleged he was physically assaulted by the police. His channel showed a video of Goswami being forced into a police van by the officers outside his residence in Mumbai.
Goswami is known for aggressively backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his nationalist policies during his nightly shows, often shouting down opponents. Critics have accused Republic TV of pandering to Modi’s agenda at a time when other media channels say press freedom is under threat.
Goswami has previously used the channel to frequently criticize the Maharashtra government and Mumbai police.
In October, Mumbai police also accused Republic TV of rigging the rating system, a major factor in what a channel can charge advertisers. Goswami and his channel have denied the allegations.