The co-founder and presenter of Republic TV, Arnab Goswami, was interrogated Monday for almost 12 hours in connection with the FIR registered against him at the beginning of the month.
Mr. Goswami was convicted by Sadar Bazaar police in Nagpur for allegedly making inflammatory statements during a debate he chaired on his chain following the lynching of two Hindu saints in Palghar. The FIR, on the instruction of the Supreme Court, was transferred to the police station NM Joshi Marg, in whose jurisdiction he remains. The same police station is also investigating an alleged attack on him by two men, already arrested in the case, on the way home from work with his wife Samyabrata last week.
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On Monday, Mr. Goswami arrived at the police station for questioning in the case.
"We interrogated him in accordance with procedure. He left at around 9:00 pm," said Deputy Police Commissioner (Zone III) Abhinash Kumar, adding that the details of the interrogation were not available. could not be revealed.
Meanwhile, the two accused arrested in connection with the alleged assault against him, Pratik Mishra and Arun Borade, were released on bail Monday after the expiration of their police custody. The agents said they were released on personal bail of ₹ 15,000 each. The police also recorded statements by police personnel assigned to Mr. Goswami as security guards, who were tracking his vehicle by themselves on the night of the alleged incident.
Goswami previously alleged that he informed the police that the assailants "confessed" to being employees of the Congress party, who were "concealed" by the police.
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"The attackers were apprehended by Mr. Goswami's security guards and not by him, and therefore should be the security guards whose statements should reflect any information about the accused's political affiliations and the confessions they could have given. Coming from them, this carries more weight and now that we have taken note of it in their signed statements, we will verify this aspect further, "said police officer NM Joshi Marg.