HC rejects Arnab’s bail plea,Fadnavis asks court to take suo-moto note of “mishandling of Arnab’s custody”

Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai : The former chief minister and leader of the Opposition, Devendra Fadnavis on Monday requested the courts to take suo-moto cognizance of the way Uddhav Thackeray-led government has treated Republic Media Network’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami during the entire process of arrest to handling under custody. His tweet was shortly before the Bombay High Court pronounced its verdict on Arnab’s interim application.

The Republic TV editor in chief suffered a major setback when the Bombay High Court rejected his interim application on the “illegal arrest case” and said that Arnab’s right to approach Session Court exists. The court has said that the Session Court will decide on bail in a 4-day time limit.

While rejecting the interim relief, a division bench of the High Court, comprising Justice SS Shinde and Justice MS Karnik directed the Sessions Court to decide on Arnab Goswami’s bail plea within 4 days of his filing the petition. As the bail plea was moved earlier in the day, the Alibag Sessions Court shall have to rule on the petition within the next 4 days’ time.

This comes after Arnab was suddenly shifted to Taloja jail on Sunday after four nights in judicial custody. “My life is under threat. I am not allowed to speak to my lawyers. I was pushed and assaulted this morning. They woke me up at 6 am. They said I will not let you speak to the lawyers. I want to tell the people of the country that my life is under threat”, screamed Arnab from the van before a policeman blocked him from speaking.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari spoke to the state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and conveyed to him his concern over Arnab’s security and health. He also asked Deshmukh to allow Arnab’s family to meet him in jail.