CM Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma Condemn Arnab Goswami's Assault & Arrest

GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma have strongly condemned the assault and arrest of journalist and editor-in-chief of Republic TV, Arnab Goswami on Wednesday.

Sonowal tweeted, “A Black Day for Indian demoracy.

I strongly condemn the assault on senior journalist #ArnabGoswami by Mumbai police. Vendetta politics should be stopped and freedom of press should be maintained in Maharashtra by releasing Mr Goswami immediately.”

Dr. Sarma tweeted,”@republic Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami physically assaulted & arrested by Mumbai police is nothing but muzzling freedom of press by the vindictive M’rashtra govt. Strongly condemn this shameless politically motivated Mumbai police action. It’s like Emergency days in Maharashtra.

It is to be mentioned that On June 30, the Bombay High Court stayed two FIRs registered against Goswami.
The Supreme Court, on October 26, adjourned for two weeks the hearing on an appeal filed by the Maharashtra government challenging the Bombay High Court order, which stayed the investigation against Arnab Goswami in connection with his alleged comments on his show over the Palghar lynching case.

Earlier, Goswami was booked in two cases related to his alleged provocative remarks and defaming Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in a television debate on Palghar mob lynching incident and Bandra station crowding incident report at NM Joshi Marg police station and Pydhonie police station respectively.

The two cases were registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including provocation with intent to cause riots, defamation, statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes, criminal intimidation, and criminal conspiracy.

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