On Wednesday morning the Maharashtra Police confirmed that Republic Television editor Arnab Goswami has been arrested in connection with the suicide abetment case in 2018.
A senior Maharashtra police officer confirmed that Arnab Goswami has been detained from his Mumbai house in connection with the death of interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik in 2018.
Who was Anvay Naik?
Anvay Naik was the managing director of Concorde Designs Private Limited which rendered some services for Republic. Naik’s mother was also on the Board of Directors of the company.
What Happened in 2018?
In May 2018, a 53-year-old interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik attempted suicide in Alibaug. After their death, a suicide note written by Anvay Naik was found. The letter alleged non-payment of dues by Arnab Goswami, Feroz Shaikh, and Niteish Sarda. The trio had not paid Anvay Rs. 5.40 crore which led to his financial constraints.
Anvay Naik’s wife, Akshata, has also alleged that he committed suicide, as Republic TV did not pay his dues. She lodged a complaint against Arnab Goswami as the suicide note contained his name, along with others.
Concerning this, the Alibaug police had filed a case of abetment of suicide against Republic Television editor Arnab Goswami.
Timeline of this case
2018 – the Alibaug police had filed a case of abetment of suicide against Arnab Goswami back in the year 2018.
2019 – in the year 2019, the case was closed by Raigad Police
2020 – Adnya Naik the daughter of interior designer Avnay Naik approached Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh and complained that the Alibaug police had not investigated the “non-payment of dues from Arnab Goswami’s Republic”. So, back in the month of May Maharashtra home minister announced a fresh CID probe into the case.
What did RepublicTV say?
After Arnab Goswami’s detention, RepublicTV took it to Twitter and tweeted: “Arnab Goswami’s arrest has been made part of a larger vindictive exercise against an independent journalist & news network. This is to bring to light real facts on unfounded allegations in a closed case based on which Arnab Goswami was assaulted & arrested”.