The Mumbai Police on Wednesday evening filed a fresh FIR against Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami for allegedly assaulting police officials who came to arrest him.

Sections 353, 504, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have been invoked in the new FIR has that been filed.

Goswami was arrested in Mumbai on Wednesday morning for allegedly abetting suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer in 2018, a Mumbai Police official said.

The police said that the designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik were found dead in May 2018. According to a suicide note, Anvay alleged that he and his mother were forced to end their lives because he was not paid his dues amounting to Rs 5.40 crore by Arnab and two others identified as Feroz Shaikh and Nitesh Sarda – owners of two different firms, they added.

Goswami was produced before a court in Mumbai after his arrest where his lawyer claimed that the journalist was assaulted by two police officials who went to arrest him at his residence.

He further said that Goswami’s family members were pushed and the house was cordoned off for three hours. “There are abrasions on his left hand and an existing injury on his hand was tried to be torn apart by police,” said the lawyer Gaurav Parker.

Many central ministers and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have condemned the arrest.


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