On Monday, the Apex Court extended till further hearing the interim protection granted to Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami in connection with several FIRs registered against him for allegedly defaming Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.
A bench headed by Justice Dr DY Chandrachud and also comprising Justice MR Shah reserved its order on a plea seeking investigation in the matter by a probe agency other than Mumbai Police.
On April 24, the Supreme Court said that no coercive action should be taken against Goswami for 3 weeks during which he can seek anticipatory bail and other reliefs.
During the hearing, today, Lawyer Harish Salve appearing for Goswami told the Apex Court that the investigation in connection with the FIRs against his client wasn’t being conducted in a proper manner.
Advocate Harish Salve told the Top Court that “There are already a slew of FIRs against the petitioner for his show. The nature of the investigation in the matter has clearly shown that this is a tactic against the petitioner”.
Salve added that “The police is interrogating Goswami for over 12 hours. Does the FIRs in the matter need so much time for the interrogation of my client? It does not. He was asked about the details of his editorial team and content by the police”.
Raising questions about the mindset of Mumbai Police, Mr Salve said, the investigation is not going in a proper manner and asked the top court to look into the matter.
On the other hand, Advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for Maharashtra Govt. said that there are unique ways to deal with investigation in different cases.
Sibal submitted that “The accused said his fundamental duties were violated. That he was not allowed to use his mobile phone and that he was not allowed to be involved in the journalistic process. He was asked a consolidated way of questions. Is this harassment? It is not”.