Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami moved Supreme Court for relief after more than a dozen FIRs against him for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and spreading communalism. Knocked on a two-member bench of the Supreme Court, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah will hear the petition filed on behalf of Arnab at 10:30 am today.
On the other hand, a series of lawsuits against Arnab continued in many Congress-ruled states on Thursday. More than a dozen FIRs have been lodged against Arnab in different police stations of Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand by Congress leaders. Arnab was also allegedly attacked in Mumbai late last night and two of its accused have been arrested who he claimed are Congress members. After the incident, Goswami in a video called Sonia Gandhi the “biggest coward in this country” and said, “if anything were to happen to him, it is Sonia Gandhi who will be responsible”.
In Batala, Punjab, Congress District President Roshan Joseph alleged in his complaint that Arnab Goswami had tried to create disharmony between the two communities by his remarks during a TV debate. An FIR has been registered against Arnab under sections 153A, 153B, 295A and 504 of the IPC on the complaint of Haromohinder Singh of the State Congress Unit in Abohar. Apart from this, Congress leaders have also filed a complaint against the TV journalist in Fatehgarh and Rupnagar.
Earlier, the state Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had condemned Arnab's remarks on Congress President Sonia Gandhi. He said that the indecent remarks made against Sonia Gandhi are shameful and unacceptable. She was 22 when she came to India and she has been living here for the last 52 years. During this time, most of his service has been spent in the country. Separate cases were filed by Congress leaders on Thursday in New Town of Bikaner, Rajasthan and Hanumangarh Town Police Station in Hanumangarh district. Earlier on Wednesday, complaints were made against Arnab Goswami in two different police stations of Jaipur.
The new city police officer in Bikaner, Guru Bhupendra said that the Congress District President Yashpal Gehlot has filed a case against Goswami. He said that the complainant alleged that Goswami used very vulgar and slanderous language against Sonia Gandhi on TV. A case has been registered against Arnab in sections 153, 295A and 505B of IPC. An FIR lodged by former District President of Hanumangarh District Congress Committee, Surendra Dadri, alleged that Arnab Goswami called the crime of killing saints in Maharashtra's Palghar a conspiracy by the Congress and left-wing parties to disturb religious and political harmony in the community And have tried to provoke people. A lawsuit has been registered in this police station under sections 153, 505, 469, 471, 499, 500, 120B of IPC and section 51, 52 Disaster Management Act and 66A IT Act.
The police of Raipur district of Chhattisgarh registered two separate cases against Arnab Goswami on the complaints of Congress leaders. Police officials in Raipur district said that state Congress president Mohan Markam and state health minister TS Singhdev have accused Arnab of disturbing communal harmony and commenting on Congress president Sonia Gandhi. On the other hand, Congress leader Girish Dubey has accused the journalist of misrepresenting suggestions given by senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi about the coronavirus during a press conference. SSP of Raipur district Arif Sheikh said that two cases have been registered against Goswami on two separate complaints. The matter is under investigation.
State Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel asked in a tweet how can an Indian TV's editor like Arnab Goswami call such nonsense things in public domain ? This is a malicious attempt to incite communal violence. Neither the sanctity of the language nor the honour of anyone. This is a crime, cognizable and punishable offences. He said that our laws are capable of teaching him a lesson. In another tweet, he said he will ask the News Broadcasters Association and Editors Guild of India to take appropriate action against the editor and his channel.
A case has been filed against Arnab Goswami in two different police stations in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. One complaint was lodged by Congress Working President Co-MLA Irfan Ansari at Jagannathpur police station and another by Congress spokesperson Ajay Nath Shahdev at Chutia police station. A complaint was filed against Arnab in two different police stations on Thursday in Jamshedpur for his comments on Sonia Gandhi. Youth Congress District President Sanjeev Ranjan has made a written complaint to Telco police station demanding his arrest. Feroz Khan handed over the complaint letter to the in-charge of the station in Mango police station on the same matter.