The Irony of Arnab Goswami Claiming that There’s a “Desperate Witch-hunt” Against Him


The Irony of Arnab Goswami Claiming that There’s a “Desperate Witch-hunt” Against Him

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

After carrying out a desperate witch-hunt against actor Rhea Chakraborty, earning the wrath of the Maharashtra government and its police in the process, Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has now said his channel will sue the Mumbai Police Commissioner for ₹200 crore, for carrying out a “desperate witch-hunt” against him.

Republic TV was responding to charges that it had manipulated TRP ratings for a greater share of ad revenue, along with channels like Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema, whose owners have been arrested. Goswami claims that Mumbai’s Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had raised false allegations against him, because his network had questioned Singh’s handling of the Sushant Singh Rajput case.

“There is not a single BARC report that mentions Republic TV. Mr Param Bir Singh’s investigation in the Sushant Singh Rajput case is under a cloud and this is a desperate measure because of Republic TV’s reportage on Palghar, the Sushant Singh Rajput case or any other case,” the network said, demanding an apology from the police.

This development comes after the Bombay High Court directed the Mumbai police to issue summons to Goswami if he was to be addressed as an accused in the TRP case. The court was at the time hearing an appeal from a Republic TV official that the FIR be quashed. It has now posted the matter for further hearing on November 5.

As soon as the Bombay HC had issued these directions, Goswami announced his plan to sue the Mumbai police for ₹200 crore. He also claimed that the Bombay HC had admitted Republic was not named in the FIR, and took the ruling as a great victory.

“At present, the legal teams of Republic are in the process of filing the defamation suit against Param Bir Singh. Contradicting their own Police Commissioner, the Mumbai Police and Maharashtra Government lawyer today in the Bombay High Court admitted that Republic is not named in the FIR in the TRP case,” the channel said.

The case will, however, go ahead as scheduled. Clearly we haven’t heard the last of this saga just yet.