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News Broadcasters Association condemns manner of arrest of Arnab Goswami, appeals for fair treatment

NBA has strongly condemned the manner of arrest of Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami on Wednesday by the Raigarh Police in a 2018 case. Goswami, who was seen being pushed into the police van, claimed he was assaulted by police at his home, before being taken away.

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The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has strongly condemned the manner of arrest of Republic TV editor, Arnab Goswami on Wednesday by the Raigarh Police in a 2018 case. 

Goswami was arrested by the police from his residence in Lower Parel in the early hours of Wednesday for allegedly abetting the suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother in 2018.

In an official statement the Association said, 'NBA is dismayed in the manner in which he was arrested. Even though NBA does not agree with his type of journalism, we denounce retaliatory action, if any by the authorities against a media editor.'

NBA further added, 'Media is not above the law but due process must be followed.'

News Broadcasters Association, headed by senior journalist Rajat Sharma also appealed to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to ensure that Arnab Goswami is treated fairly and state power is not misused for vendetta. 

The NBA is a regulatory body formed by current affairs and news television broadcasters in India in 2007.

Arnab Goswami was arrested under sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 (acts done by persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

'The arrest pertains to the 2018 case of a man and his mother committing suicide. We have evidence against Goswami,' police told PTI.

The police also arrested Firoz Shaikh, founder of IcastX Technologies Pvt Ltd and Nitesh Sarda, founder of Smartworks who were the other two accused in the case.

The police said that they found a suicide note in which Anvay alleged that he was forced to end his life because he was not paid his dues amounting to rupees 5.40 crore by Goswami and two others.

The designer’s wife and daughter addressed a press conference on Wednesday afternoon and thanked the Maharashtra Police for taking the requisite action. They claimed the case was suppressed and no action was taken during Devendra Fadnavis’ tenure as chief minister.

Meanwhile Arnab Goswami, who was seen being pushed into the police van, claimed he was assaulted by police at his home, before being taken away.

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