By Abhirup Roy and Shilpa Jamkhandikar
MUMBAI (Reuters) – One in all India’s high TV information anchors, Arnab Goswami, was arrested by police in Mumbai on Wednesday for alleged abetment of suicide in a case registered in 2018, his channel mentioned in an announcement.
Based on native media, the case associated to the suicide of an inside designer who mentioned he was owed cash by Goswami’s Republic TV.
Republic confirmed footage of greater than a dozen cops getting into Goswami’s home and taking him away in a van.
Republic, within the assertion, mentioned Goswami and his son had been bodily assaulted by the police and entry to his authorized group was denied.
A spokesperson for Mumbai police mentioned the arrests had been carried out by officers from the neighbouring Raigad district. Officers from Raigad police didn’t reply to requests for remark.
The Editors Guild of India condemned Goswami’s “sudden arrest” in an announcement and referred to as on Maharashtra state’s chief minister to make sure he was “handled pretty and state energy will not be used in opposition to essential reporting by the media.”
Mumbai, India’s monetary capital, is positioned in Maharashtra.
A number of ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP) criticised the arrest on social media, saying it was an assault on the liberty of the press.
Goswami, recognized for chairing chaotic prime-time debates and broadly seen as supportive of the BJP, has been in a tussle with the police in opposition-ruled Maharashtra this yr.
Police in April registered a case in opposition to Goswami for inciting spiritual discord after he criticised opposition chief Sonia Gandhi throughout a present. Goswami and his reporters are additionally being questioned in case of alleged rigging of tv rankings.
(Reporting by Abhirup Roy and Shilpa Jamkhandekar in Mumbai; Modifying by Alasdair Pal and Raju Gopalakrishnan)