MUMBAI: The cost sheet filed in opposition to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and two others in a 2018 abetment of suicide case claims that they didn’t heed inside designer Anvay Naik’s risk to finish his life if his dues weren’t paid.
In a associated growth, Goswami once more moved the Bombay Excessive Court docket on Saturday, in search of a route to the decrease court docket to not take cognisance of the cost sheet.
The cost sheet, filed by the police at Alibaug classes court docket in neighbouring Raigad district on Friday, additionally claimed that Naik, beneath stress resulting from non-payment of dues, killed his mom Kumud earlier than hanging himself.
Moreover Goswami, the opposite two accused who’re named within the cost sheet are Firoze Sheikh and Nitish Sarda.
“The sufferer (Naik) had advised them (accused) that he would commit suicide if they do not pay his dues. Nonetheless, the accused ignored his risk and advised him to do no matter he needs,” the cost sheet mentioned.
“The accused did not pay his dues, which triggered psychological stress to Naik. He first strangulated his mom, pondering that she would possibly land in bother as she was additionally a companion in his enterprise,” it mentioned.
Naik then wrote a suicide be aware and hanged himself, the cost sheet added.
Police mentioned that they’ve relied on the purported suicide be aware because the “dying declaration”.
Naik’s handwriting has been matched with the writing within the suicide be aware, police mentioned.
The corporations of Goswami, Sheikh and Sarda allegedly owed Naik’s firm Concorde Designs Pvt Ltd Rs 83 lakh, Rs 4 crore and Rs 55 lakh, respectively.
The classes court docket is anticipated to take cognisance of the cost sheet on December 16, mentioned Rahul Agarwal, advocate for one of many accused.
The police have invoked IPC sections 306 (abetment to suicide) and 109 (punishment for abetment) within the cost sheet that runs into 1,914 pages.
On Saturday, Goswami moved the Bombay Excessive Court docket in search of a route to the Alibaug court docket to not take cognizance of the cost sheet.
He alleged that the police filed it understanding totally nicely that he had filed an utility within the excessive court docket in search of a keep to the submitting of cost sheet solely on Thursday.
In Might this yr, Maharashtra Dwelling Minister Anil Deshmukh had introduced that he had ordered a contemporary probe within the case — closed by the police earlier — following a criticism by Adnya Naik, Anvay Naik’s daughter.
Goswami, Sheikh and Sarda have been arrested by Alibaug police on November 4, however they acquired bail from the Supreme Court docket on November 11.
In his plea filed within the HC on Thursday, Goswami additionally sought switch of the probe to the CBI or different impartial company.
He accused the Maharashtra authorities of pursuing vendetta in opposition to him due to his work as a TV journalist.
BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis, in the meantime, questioned the Shiv-Sena-NCP-Congress authorities’s determination to file a cost sheet regardless of the Supreme Court docket’s observations whereas granting bail to Goswami and others.
“Is not this a mockery of Supreme Court docket’s judgment? Are they once more making an attempt to suppress private liberty?” he requested.