New Delhi: Arnab Goswami of Republic TV was shifted from Alibaug to Taloja jail in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, police said. The move was taken after Arnab Goswami was allegedly being found using a mobile phone while in judicial custody at a school designated as COVID-19 centre for Alibaug prison, a police official said.

The Raigad crime branch found Arnab Goswami was active on social media using somebody’s mobile phone, despite his mobile phone having been seized by police when he was taken into custody on November 4, the official said.

Arnab 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.

Arnab Goswami shouted from the police van, while being taken to Taloja Jail, alleging that he was assaulted by Alibaug jailer on Saturday evening, his life was in danger and he was not allowed to speak to his lawyer.

Samyabrata Ray Goswami, a senior executive editor of Republic TV and Arnab Goswami’s wife, said in a statement that he has been framed on fake charges.

“This morning, my husband, who has spent four nights in judicial custody, was being dragged and lugged by the Maharashtra Police in a blacked-out police van to Taloja Jail. He was repeatedly saying my life is under threat but to no avail,” she said in a statement.

“He repeatedly said that the jailer assaulted him after he asked for access to his lawyers, which was shockingly denied. He detailed the assault being inflicted on him during this custody and pleaded, hands folded, to the Supreme Court for intervention and bail,” she said in the statement.

“An innocent man and journalist of decades of repute, who is doing his duty for the nation, has been assaulted, harassed and framed on fake charges. He has been thrown into jail with no reprieve,” she said.

Kirit Somaiya , a Former BJP MP said he met Taloja prison jailer, who assured him that Arnab Goswami will not be harassed and also be provided required medical treatment.

After Arnab’s arrest from his Lower Parel residence in Mumbai, he was taken to Alibaug, where the Chief Judicial Magistrate remanded him and the two others in judicial custody till November 18.

The Bombay High Court refuses Interim bail for Arnab Goswami on this afternoon, lower court verdict will be on Friday.

 

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