New Delhi: Republic TV Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, who was arrested in connection with the alleged suicide of an interior designer, has been shifted from Alibaug to Taloja jail in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Sunday, the police said.
The sudden action was taken after the officials discovered that he was active on social media from a mobile phone while in judicial custody, despite his personal mobile phone having been seized by police when he was taken into custody on November 4.
“On Friday, late in the evening, we learnt that Goswami was active on social media, using somebody’s mobile phone,” the investigating officer, inspector Jamil Shaikh of the Raigad crime branch, said.
“As the investigating officer of the case, I wrote to the Alibaug jail superintendent seeking an inquiry report as to how the accused, Goswami, got access to a mobile for use in the quarantine centre under Alibaug jail authorities,” Shaikh said.
While being escorted to Taloja jail, Goswami shouted from the police van, alleging that he was assaulted by Alibaug jailer on Saturday evening, his life was in danger and he was not allowed to speak to his lawyer.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Samyabrata Ray Goswami, a senior executive editor of Republic TV and Goswami’s wife, said he has been framed on fake charges.
“This morning, my husband, who has spent four nights in judicial custody, was being dragged and lugged by the Maharashtra Police in a blacked-out police van to Taloja Jail. He was repeatedly saying my life is under threat but to no avail.
“He repeatedly said that the jailer assaulted him after he asked for access to his lawyers, which was shockingly denied. He detailed the assault being inflicted on him during this custody and pleaded, hands folded, to the Supreme Court for intervention and bail,” she said in the statement.
“An innocent man and journalist of decades of repute, who is doing his duty for the nation, has been assaulted, harassed and framed on fake charges. He has been thrown into jail with no reprieve,” she added.
The Bombay High Court will on Monday pronounce its order on the interim bail application filed by Goswami and the two others in connection with the abetment of suicide case.
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