MUMBAI: Supreme Court has granted protection to Arnab Goswami from coercive action for 3 weeks. This happened after FIRs were filed against him in different parts of the country because of his remarks on Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi. Arnab had slammed Congress leader Sonia Gandhi during a discussion related to Palghar lynching incident where two ‘sadhus’ or monks and their driver, proceeding from Nashik to Surat, were cornered and lynched by a 200-strong mob outside Gadchinchle village in Palghar district on April 16 in the presence of police personnel amid rumours that they were robbers or child kidnappers.
The bench of justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah issued notices to many states and the Centre where FIRs have been filed against the journalist.
The court has stayed all FIRs against him except the FIR in Nagpur which has been shifted to Mumbai which will be investigated there.
Republic TV’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami & his wife and Republic TV Editor Samyabrata Ray Goswami were allegedly attacked by Congress party workers.
The attack took place 500 metres from their house. The attackers were caught by Arnab’s security. An FIR has been lodged against them.
BJP president J P Nadda had tweeted, "Shocking to see Arnab Goswami attacked after Congress CMs publicly threatened him. Sad to see such public hounding of a journalist for his freedom of speech. Congress shows it is the party that brought Emergency and continues it’s rich tradition of trampling free speech."