The Maharashtra government has moved a plea in the Supreme Court stating that Republic TV Editor Arnab Goswami has abused the interim protection by “browbeating, terrorising and intimidating the investigation officer, and levelled a serious allegation against Mumbai Police Commissioner through a debate on the news channel”.
Goswami was granted interim protection by the top court on April 24. The court had asked the police not to take any coercive step in connection with multiple FIRs lodged against him for defaming Congress President Sonia Gandhi and raking communal tensions.
The Mumbai police urged the court to pass a direction to insulate the investigating agency from any pressure, threat or coercion from Goswami, which would enable the fair and transparent investigation into the matter. The police also requested the court to restrain him from abusing interim protection from arrest.
“An announcement on Republic Bharat stated that Goswami was interrogated by the police with regard to the said FIR, but that with regard to the petitioner’s FIR, the police refused to register either assault or conspiracy and were covering up the matter,” said the Mumbai police’s application.
The police also contended Goswami had mentioned in his show that the Mumbai police Commissioner was involved with IndiaBulls and he is investigating this scam. “He also added that many officers of the Mumbai police were involved with IndiaBulls,” said the application.
“This appears to be aimed solely at browbeating the investigating officers by creating a fear psychosis that they would also face dire consequences and would be publicly ridiculed, if they proceed for investigations in the two FIRs, one lodged by the petitioner and one against him, against his dictates,” it added.
The police insisted that Goswami has acted in a manner which is smeared with arrogance and virtual disregard to the institution of police.
“A balance needs to be maintained between the rights of the petitioner as a senior journalist vis a vis the prerogative of the investigating agency to conduct investigations into the crime as an arm of the law without any fear, threat or pressure,” said the police in his plea.
No MVA in Goa; Shiv Sena, NCP to go without Congress
The hope of stitching an MVA like alliance in Goa has not taken off as Congress is unwilling to ally with the Shiv Sena and NCP. The three parties have formed Maha Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra but in Goa the Congress is already in alliance with Goa Forward Party.
The Congress is not willing to concede more seats to the allies and sources say it thinks that the NCP and the Shiv Sena in the fray will split BJP votes.
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP said, “NCP and Shiv Sena tried to form an MVA like alliance in Goa but did not get positive response from the Congress.”
The Shiv Sena leader in the past had met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for the same but things did not work out as Congress assessment is that people will vote for a change. NCP leader Praful Patel has said that his party will contest with Shiv Sena in the state.
The Congress had alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Trinamool Congress were contesting in Goa to split the opposition vote and help the BJP.
Congress Senior observer of Goa, P. Chidambaram said the people are voting either for the BJP or for a regime change.
Chidambaram in a statement said, “My assessment that the AAP (and the TMC) will only fracture the non-BJP vote in Goa has been confirmed by Mr Arvind Kejriwal. The contest in Goa is between Congress and BJP”.
“Those who want a regime change (after 10 years of misrule) will vote for the Congress. Those who want the regime to continue will vote for the BJP. The choice before the voter in Goa is stark and clear. Do you want a regime change or not? I appeal to the voters of Goa to vote for a regime change and vote Congress,” he added.
The Congress is facing a tough battle in Goa while trying to be ahead of the BJP as the Trinamool Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party are spoiling the grand old party’s game in the state.
The Congress is trying to put up a strong face and has denied any alliance talks with the Trinamool despite speculations in the political circles. Jittered by the Congress stance, the Trinamool has launched an offensive against the Congress.
“The Trinamool has been saying that they are open to alliances, but Congress is not willing to accept and behaving like an emperor,” Trinamool leader Mahua Moitra said, adding: “Need of hour in Goa is to defeat BJP – no one should be on their high horse. AITC will not, repeat not, shy away from walking the last mile.”
Devendra Fadnavis demands action over Nana Patole remarks on Modi
The BJP will not keep quiet over Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole’s alleged controversial remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Fadnavis also slammed the Maharashtra government for not filing an FIR over Patole’s comments, a video of which had gone viral on Monday.
“Someone called the Maharashtra CM’s wife Rabri devi and an FIR was filed. And here a person who calls himself a leader, threatens to kill the PM and there is no FIR (First Information Report) against him in Maharashtra. This is wrong. We will not keep quiet,” Fadnavis said.
In the video in Bhandara district in Maharashtra, Patole is allegedly heard saying he could beat up and badmouth Modi.
Patole later clarified that he was not referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but a local goon with a similar surname.
Fadnavis, however, hinted at Congress conspiracy against the Prime Minister.
“I feel it is a Congress policy. In Punjab, the security of the PM is compromised and in Maharashtra the president says we will beat the PM. Through this, one can know what he (Patole) really feels about the PM. I feel it is Congress policy and we demand that an FIR and legal action should be taken against Nana Patole because he has spoken about beating the Prime Minister,” Fadnavis said.
Maharashtra Veteran PWP leader Prof N.D. Patil dies at 93
Veteran political leader of Peasants & Workers Party (PWP), an ex-cabinet minister and a four-time legislator, Prof Narayan Dnyandeo Patil passed away following a brief illness, party leaders said here on Monday.
Battling from a recent brain haemorrhage, he breathed his last at a private hospital here early on Monday, aged 93.
Earlier, the fiery leader – who spent over seven decades in public life – was infected by Covid-19 and had recovered from it despite his advanced age.
He dedicated his life to the cause of farmers, peasants, mill-workers, casual labourers, the deprived and downtrodden in society and served as Maharashtra Member of Legislative Council for four terms, and served as a minister from 1978-1990.
SC judge recuses from hearing Tejpal’s plea in sexual assault case
Decision to be taken on scientific basis: K’taka CM on lifting of weekend, night curfew
Ayushmann: ‘An Action Hero’ is mounted at a scale that deserves to be shot in big locations
ANALYSIS: Contract rebel Ousmane Dembele mirrors Barcelona’s woes
Reigning ISL champions Mumbai City sign Brazilian striker Diego Mauricio
Dance bar issue raised in Maharashtra Assembly
IL&FS completes sale, transfer of Moradabad Bareilly Expressway to its InvIT
2 terrorists killed in encounter at Awantipore in J&K
Maha warns of massive spike in Covid-19 cases, deaths
Want to play against different types of opponents & gain experience before Paris Olympics: Lakshya Sen
Business2 years ago
STPI-registered IT cos log Rs 4.21 lakh cr of exports in FY20
Business2 years ago
Bank of India Q2 profit Rs 266 crore as bad loan provisions fall
Maharashtra2 years ago
CM Uddhav Thackeray to decide on suspending Mumbai local trains
Business1 year ago
Target to make India a manufacturing hub of construction equipment: Nitin Gadkari
General2 years ago
Not satisfied, Sunni Waqf board lawyer Zafaryab Jilani on Ayodhya verdict
Maharashtra2 years ago
Allow Bakri-Eid with restrictions: Maharashtra Congress to CM
Business1 year ago
Amazon starts selling car, bike insurance in India
Business2 years ago
PSB loan disbursal picks up pace, rise to Rs 12K cr under ECLGS