New Delhi: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday stayed two FIRs registered against Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in Mumbai over his alleged provocative remarks throughout a tv debate on Palghar lynching incident and report of Bandra station crowding incident.
A division bench of Justice Ujjal Bhuyan and Justice Riaz Chagla, whereas staying the FIRs, noticed that prima facie there isn’t any proof on report against Arnab Goswami. The High Court had reserved its order on the matter on June 12 after listening to the argument from all the edges.
The High Court mentioned that each one additional proceedings within the two FIRs will stay suspended
Goswami was booked in two instances associated to his alleged provocative remarks and defaming Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi in a tv debate on Palghar mob lynching incident and Bandra station crowding incident report at NM Joshi Marg police station and Pydhonie police station respectively.
Bombay High Court stayed each the FIRs against Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami. One FIR was filed for his protection on Palghar lynching & the opposite over Bandra Station crowding incident. High Court noticed that prima facie there isn’t any proof on report against Arnab Goswami.
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The two instances had been registered beneath varied sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) together with provocation with intent to trigger riots, defamation, statements creating or selling enmity, hatred or ill-will between lessons, felony intimidation, and felony conspiracy.
“On an overall reading of the FIR, statement of the informant and transcript of the broadcast, it would be wrong to say that petitioner had made the statements in the broadcast with a view to defame or insult the feelings of any religious group or community,” the order mentioned.
“We have already noted and referred to the observations of the Supreme Court that India’s freedoms will rest safe as long as journalists can speak to power without being chilled by a threat of reprisal; free citizens cannot exist when the news media is chained to adhere to one position,” it added.
Notably, a number of FIRs had been additionally registered against Goswami in states throughout the nation for allegedly defaming Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi in a televised debate on the Palghar mob lynching incident.
Earlier, the Bombay High Court had refused to restrain Goswami from anchoring on his channel till the pendency of a number of instances against him over the talk.
While the Supreme Court had refused to quash the FIRs registered against Arnab Goswami for allegedly defaming Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, nevertheless, it had granted interim safety against any coercive actions within the matter. (ANI)