Raigad police detained Republic TV editor-in-chief, Arnab Goswami, from his Mumbai house on Wednesday in an abetment to suicide case. The case was filed against him and two others in 2018. According to a report published in The Indian Express, Raigad police have not confirmed the arrest yet. “Arnab Goswami is currently being taken to Raigad. He shall be interrogated by the investigating officer and the further course of action will be decided accordingly,” Sanjay Mohite, IG Konkan Range, said.

Goswami alleged that he was physically assaulted by the police. Visuals on Republic TV also showed Goswami being forcibly taken into a police van.

In May 2018, 53-year-old interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik were found dead at their bungalow in Alibaug.   Naik’s daughter Adnya alleged that non-payments of dues by Republic TV forced her father and grandmother to take an extreme step. Though the case was shut by the Raigad Police last year, in May this year, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said the state CID will investigate the case.

Home Minister Amit Shah condemned the “attack on free press”. Union Minister for Information and Broadcast Prakash Javadekar and Union Minister Smriti Irani also tweeted in support of Goswami. Republic TV had refuted the allegations. Lately, this is the fourth case against the channel.

Police had recovered a suicide note in English that alleged non-payment of dues by the owners of three companies — television journalist Arnab Goswami of Republic TV,  Feroz Shaikh of IcastX/Skimedia and Neetish Sarda of Smartworks. The three firms owed Naik Rs 83 lakh, Rs 4 crore and Rs 55 lakh respectively.