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Alibaug court sends Arnab Goswami to 14-day judicial custody

Mumbai: 5/11/20: The District Magistrate Court in Maharashtra’s Alibag has remanded Republic TV editor-in-chief, Arnab Goswami, to judicial custody for 14 days late on Wednesday night. Police arrested Goswami in a case relating to the abetment of the suicide of interior designer, Anvay Naik.

Based on a complaint by Akshata Naik, the court passed the order following an FIR by Raigad Police. Naik alleged that Arnab was responsible for the suicide of her husband, Anvay Naik, and his mother Kumud Naik who were directors of Concords Designs Pvt Ltd.

Raigad Police arrested the Republic TV editor-in-chief on Wednesday morning in the 2018 case, which was reopened by the state government after two years.

The Raigad Police had sought 14-day police custody of Goswami on the ground that charges against him are serious and he is an influential person necessitating his custody to carry out a proper probe.

What is the Anvay Naik suicide case?

Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami, MD of Skimedia Feroz Shaikh, and SmartWorks owner Nitesh Darda have been arrested under section 306 and 34 Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Architect and interior designer, Anvay Naik (53) and his mother Kumud Naik (83) died by suicide at their farmhouse in Maharashtra’s Alibaug on May 5, 2018. Naik left behind a suicide note where he named three individuals who he said were responsible for his death and that of his mother’s. In the note, Anvay Naik said that the three individuals in question owed his firm Concorde Designs a total of Rs 5.4 crore which did not allow him to pay his creditors. The note said that Arnab Goswami owed Naik Rs 83 lakhs, Feroz Shaikh owed the firm Rs 4 crore, and Nitesh Sarda Rs 5 lakh.

This, according to the note, drove Anvay and his mother to take the extreme step. “Kindly collect money from them and hold them responsible for our death and pay to creditors,” Naik had written in his suicide note.

The case was reopened at the instruction of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in May of this year. Deshmukh said he considered a probe into the matter at the request of deceased Anvay Naik’s daughter Adnya Naik.

Addressing media outlets on Wednesday, late architect Anvay Naik’s wife and daughter thanked the Maharashtra government for acting on their complaint.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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