| Mumbai |
November 9, 2020 3:01:52 am
The investigation report submitted by Inspector Suresh Varade, who initially probed the 2018 suicide case wherein Arnab Goswami was arrested final week, had mentioned that inside decorator Anvay Naik, who died of suicide, owed cash to the 2 different males who’ve been arrested together with the Republic TV editor-in-chief.
The report concluded that there was no proof to point abetment to the suicide, and Anvay took his life, as he had been underneath monetary pressure for six or seven years. It added that Anvay first strangulated his mom Kumud, whose physique was discovered alongside along with his, earlier than killing himself.
Anvay had alleged in his suicide word that Goswami, Feroz Shaikh of Icastx Applied sciences Non-public Restricted and Niteesh Sarda of Smartwork collectively owed him Rs 5.4 crore for finishing up work on their workplace premises, forcing him to take the acute step. It was this word that led to the three being booked and investigated by the Alibaug police on the cost of abetment to suicide.
The 25-page investigation report, submitted to the Justice of the Peace court docket, had fashioned the premise of the closure report that was filed within the case by the police final April.
In accordance with the report, whereas Anvay owed Shaikh and Sarda, all dues owed to his Concorde Designs Non-public Restricted (CDPL) had been due to incomplete or poor high quality of labor.
The Naik household has alleged that Varade tried to scuttle the case and even tried to get them to log off on an announcement in order that the case might be closed final January. Varade is now dealing with a departmental inquiry to find out if he was at fault.
The report reveals that Varade issued summons to Goswami, Shaikh and Sarda. Whereas Shaikh and Sarda appeared earlier than him on the Alibaug police station, the report recorded that he was advised by the Raigad SP to not summon Goswami to the police station however go to Mumbai as an alternative to file his assertion.
The Naik household has alleged preferential remedy to Goswami, and likewise that his assertion was recorded within the workplace of a senior Mumbai Police officer. Varade’s report doesn’t point out the place the TV anchor’s assertion was recorded.
Anvay’s suicide word had alleged that Goswami owed him Rs 83 lakh. Goswami, in his assertion to the police, had mentioned that work at workplace premises was not accomplished in the course of the stipulated interval and the standard was unsatisfactory, inflicting water to leak into the newsroom.
“Whereas I used to be not monitoring the specifics of the transactions, I’m conscious that on October 21, 2017, we made a cost and as per my understanding, 85 to 90 per cent of the cost was made and the remainder was to be made after the verification course of,” Goswami had mentioned.
Of the Rs 5.75 crore to be paid to Anvay as per the work order, the report acknowledged that Goswami’s firm ARG Outlier paid Rs 5.21 crore, and Rs 41 lakh to distributors. “It seems from the paperwork that Rs 13 lakh, which is lower than eight per cent, was owed to CDPL,” the report had mentioned.
This has been challenged by Anvay’s lawyer Vaibhav Karnik, who advised The Indian Express that the documentation of those purported funds have been signed solely by one celebration.
In her assertion to the police, as quoted within the report, Anvay’s spouse Akshata had mentioned that Mohit Dhamne (firm secretary and head of finance of Republic Media Community) had confirmed by e-mail in August 2017 that Rs 83 lakh was attributable to CDPL. “It was knowledgeable to us by Mohit Dhamne that we should always clear the problem with both Arnab Goswami or his spouse. Nevertheless, neither Arnab nor his spouse had been responding to our requires assembly or giving us any appointment to satisfy them,” she had mentioned.
Akshata had added that attributable to funds not being made by the three accused, CDPL began failing. Anvay was compelled to misery promote his belongings and mortgage and/or pledge household financial savings for the corporate and the agency. Defaults on funds led to banks beginning charging penal curiosity, and suppliers insisting on returning unpaid inventories.
“Staff had been compelled to depart the corporate, as their salaries weren’t paid on time… Arnab Goswami didn’t cease at this but in addition influenced Mr Feroz Shaikh and Mr Niteesh Sarda and insisted that they don’t clear the funds,” she had mentioned.
As per the report, Shaikh, whose firm offers varied sorts of expertise to TV channels, and who as per Anvay’s suicide word owed him over Rs 4 crore, claimed to have paid Rs 2.19 crore and Rs 1.62 crore to contractors in two installments.
Whereas showing earlier than the Alibaug police in Might 2018, Shaikh mentioned that after three to 4 months of giving CDPL the contract, among the works remained incomplete. He added that he made funds to contractors as a way to guarantee work at his two websites was accomplished.
Varade wrote in his report, “Papers set up that as an alternative of Rs 4.18 crore, Rs 4.78 crore had been completely paid by Shaikh’s firm and thus, it may be seen that Naik was to pay Shaikh Rs 59.93 lakh.”
Nitesh Sarda advised the police that between September and November 2017, Anvay despatched him WhatsApp texts demanding the cash owed. Sarda added that he clarified to Anvay that since work was left incomplete, he could be charged damages. “It seems that Naik’s CDPL firm owes Rs 39 lakh to Good Work owned by Sarda,” the report mentioned.
Varade had additionally recorded the assertion of Anvay’s CA, who mentioned the corporate was underneath monetary pressure. Based mostly on paperwork offered by him, it seems that in March 2016 and 2017, the corporate was dealing with losses of over Rs 5 crore.
Varade had concluded that CDPL took contracts from the accused however didn’t handle to complete the work. “It additionally seems that he (Anvay) had not paid his workers and attributable to losses over six to seven years was underneath stress. Therefore, on the Alibaug bungalow, he strangulated his mom, who was a director within the firm and dedicated suicide. There doesn’t look like any indication that the accused individually or collectively drove Naik to commit suicid,” he wrote.
When contacted, Akshata didn’t touch upon the precise findings of Varade. “We’ve been affected person and fought for justice… and it lastly seems we could also be getting justice.”
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