Post SC relief, Arnab withdraws bail plea from sessions court

Journalist Arnab Goswami onThursday withdrew his bail plea filed before the sessionscourt at Alibaug in Raigad district in connection with anabetment of suicide case of an interior designer.

The Republic TV Editor-in-Chief, arrested on November4, was on Wednesday granted interim bail in the 2018 case bythe Supreme Court. Hours later, he was released from Talojaprison, where he was lodged under judicial custody.

Two other accused in the case were also grantedinterim bail by the apex court.

The 47-year-old news anchor had on Monday filed aregular bail plea before the sessions court in Alibaug, around90km from Mumbai where the abetment of suicide case has beenregistered.


However, on Monday, after the Bombay High Courtrefused to grant him interim bail, Goswami approached the apexcourt for relief on Tuesday.

We have withdrawn the bail plea filed in the sessionscourt, Goswamis lawyer Gaurav Parkar said.

Meanwhile, Additional Sessions Judge R G Maleshetti onThursday adjourned till November 23 order on the revisionapplication filed by the Alibaug police challenging a November4 local magistrates order refusing police custody of Goswamiand the other accused, and sending them to judicial remand.

The sessions court will on November 23 also hear theregular bail pleas filed by the two other accused FerozeShaikh and Nitish Sarda.

Lawyers of the accused persons told the sessions courtthat since the trio has already been granted interim bail, therevision application has become infructuous.

The prosecution, however, argued the court could stillpass its order on the revision application.

The police, in their application, had sought thesessions court to remand the three accused to police custodyfor interrogation.

The 2018 case relates to suicide by interior designerAnvay Naik and his mother Kumodini, residents of Alibaug, overalleged non-payment of dues by companies of the accusedpersons.

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