Bombay HC reserves order of Arnab Goswami bail plea, says petitioner can seek bail from Sessions court

After hearing the case for six hours, a division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik refused to pass an immediate order for interim relief

The Bombay High Court on Friday kept for further hearing on Saturday a habeas corpus plea by Republic TV Managing Director and Chief Editor Arnab Goswami, challenging his arrest by the Maharashtra Police in abetment of suicide case and seeking interim bail.

Hearing the bail plea case of Arnab Goswami on Saturday, the Bombay High Court reserved its order in the habeas corpus petition filed by Republic TV Chief Arnab Goswami. 

After hearing the case for six hours, a division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik refused to pass an immediate order for interim relief. The Judges said, "We can't pass order today. It is already six. Meanwhile, we will clarify that pendency of the petition will not bar the petitioner from approaching the sessions court for bail and if such an application is filed, it should be decided within 4 days."

Harish Salve appearing for Arnab Goswami yesterday raised two main arguments :

1. Case is politically motivated (statements of Home Minister Anil Deshmukh against Goswami quoted to buttress this argument)

2. Even if allegations are admitted, no case under Section 306 IPC made out

Salve argued that Goswami was only one among the several persons who allegedly owed money to Anvay Naik. He owed Rs 83 lakhs. Another person owed more than Rs 4 crores. Commercial disputes existing over 2 years. No "direct and proximate" cause for abetment to suicide.

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He also referred to the remand order of CJM Alibag which made a prima facie observation that the arrest of Arnab Goswami was illegal and that there was no direct link to the crime.

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