By Arré Bench Nov. 05, 2020
As Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has been sent to 14-day judicial custody for allegedly abetting the suicide of interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother, the call for justice for the Naik family grows. Meanwhile, Naik’s wife has thanked the Maharashtra police for taking action in the case.
Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami’s arrest has triggered a massive debate around press freedom, dissent, and the fourth pillar of democracy. However, for late Anvay Naik’s wife, this is about justice. Goswami has been arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother.Naik’s wife Akshita has thanked the Maharashtra police for initiating action. “I kept a lot of patience. Although my husband and mother-in-law will not come back with this but they are still alive for me,” told ANI.
I really want to thank Maharashtra police that this day has come in my life. I kept a lot of patience. Although my husband and mother-in-law will not come back with this but they are still alive for me: Akshita Naik, wife of late Anvay Naik on Arnab Goswami’s arrest#Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/obtlLPhz0n
— ANI (@ANI) November 4, 2020
Akshita Naik posted a video message in August, calling out Goswami for his coverage in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. In the video, she claimed that the anchor was responsible for the suicides in her family and that the case was prematurely closed by the previous government. “What is happening to my case? When will justice be granted to our family? Why is there still no action?” she had asked.
Arnab Goswami is shouting for Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide, but what about my husband and mother-in-law who suicided because of Mr. Arnab Goswami?
What is happening to my case? When will justice be granted to our family?
WHY STILL THERE IS NO ACTION? pic.twitter.com/uYtFArl1Hi
— Akshata and Adnya Anvay Naik (@AdnyaAnvayNaik) August 3, 2020
Now, two years after the interior designer’s death, the case has been reopened and it led to Goswami’s arrest. Anvay Naik and his mother died by suicide at their house in Alibaug in May 2018. In his note, Anvay had said that he and his mother had decided to take this extreme step because of overdue unpaid payments and had named Arnab Goswami of Republic TV, Feroz Shaikh of IcastX/Skimedia and Neetish Sarda of Smartworks as being the cause of his death.
The note reportedly claimed that the three companies owed Naik’s Concorde Designs Pvt Ltd a total sum of ₹5.4 crore. During their investigation, police found that Anvay was in deep debt and was unable to pay back contractors.
— sohit mishra (@sohitmishra99) November 4, 2020
In a statement, Republic TV claimed that all relevant dues – amounting to 90 per cent of the total value of the contract – had been paid. The channel also said that it had made attempts to make a full and final settlement with Naik’s wife Akshata and daughter Adnya, but had not received a response from them.
— The Quint (@TheQuint) November 4, 2020
Goswami’s arrest triggered a wave of response from Union ministers and journalists, with many calling it an attack on press freedom. But as details of the case emerge, the demand for justice for Anvay Naik has only grown.
Just heard this, the wife and daughter of the deceased #AnvayNaik … I was wrong, totally wrong in jumping to oppose his arrest. Let the court decide whether the arrest and the charges are correct or not. This is too moving 🙏 This is not about “freedom of the press”. https://t.co/nltsjCpZzO
— Neelesh Misra (@neeleshmisra) November 4, 2020
If Sushant deserves Justice, then why not Anvay Naik?
He and his mother committed suicide after Arnab had not paid ₹83 lakh owed to them.
Two middle-class people lost their lives because of fraud Arnab. Finally, justice is being done.
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) November 4, 2020
Justice for SSR, yeaahhh Arrest Rhea! She should be in jail. Even though there was no suicide note, we know it’s a murder 😡
No justice for Anvay Naik. Even though Arnab is mentioned in suicide note, he’s innocent. Plss free him, it’s fascism 😭
— Dhruv Rathee 🇮🇳 (@dhruv_rathee) November 4, 2020
All said, you may agree or disagree with Arnab Goswami’s ‘journalism.’ But that’s a different issue. Don’t let it come in the way of justice for Anvay Naik.
— PuNsTeR™ (@Pun_Starr) November 4, 2020
Meanwhile, Goswami has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days until November 18. His bail plea will be heard on Thursday.
Government mouthpiece Republic’s owner Arnab Goswami will stay in Jail till November 18th in abetment to suicide case, unless he is granted bail.
— Saahil Murli Menghani (@saahilmenghani) November 4, 2020
While the debate rages on over “fascism” “political vendetta” after Goswami’s arrest, the consequences were very real for the family in the middle of this drama.
Finally – BJP officially admits that Arnab belongs to their party & enjoys their complete backing.
But this isn’t a case against a journalist. This is a case against a criminal who drove a person to suicide. @BJP4Maharashtra shamefully don’t care about justice for Anvay Naik. pic.twitter.com/rt1OUhn4TB
— Saket Gokhale (@SaketGokhale) November 4, 2020