The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to grant bail to Republic TV Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and M S Karnik said “no case was made out in the present matter for the high court to exercise its extraordinary jurisdiction.”
However, the HC noted that the petitioner (Goswami) has the remedy under law to approach the sessions court concerned and seek regular bail. On Saturday, the high court, while reserving its order on the petitions seeking interim bail, said pendency of the matter in the HC does not preclude the accused persons from seeking regular bail before the sessions court.
Goswami, arrested in connection with the alleged suicide of an interior designer, on Monday filed a bail application before the sessions court at Alibaug in Maharashtra’s Raigad district.
Goswami and two others – Feroze Shaikh and Nitish Sarda – were arrested by Alibaug police on November 4 in connection with the suicide of architect-interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother in 2018 over alleged non-payment of dues by companies of the accused.
After his arrest from his residence in Mumbai, Goswami was taken to Alibaug, where the Chief Judicial Magistrate refused to remand him in police custody. The magistrate’s court remanded Goswami and the two others in judicial custody till November 18. Goswami was initially kept at a local school which has been designated as a COVID-19 centre for the Alibaug prison.
On Sunday, he was shifted to the Taloja jail in Raigad district after allegedly being found using a mobile phone while in judicial custody.