The Bombay High Court on Monday denied interim bail to Republic TV’s editor-in-chief, Arnab Goswami for the third time in an abetment to suicide case.
The high court, however, permitted Goswami to appeal for regular bail in the lower court.
Goswami was picked up by the Maharashtra police from his residence on November 4 for allegedly abetting the suicide of interior designer, Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik in 2018.
He, along with two others, was remanded to judicial custody of 14 days on the orders of the chief judicial magistrate.
The police have, however, challenged the magistrate’s order in the Raigad sessions court, citing that police custody is required for investigation.
The Republic TV founder had petitioned the Bombay High Court against his arrest, which he termed “Illegal” and the reopening of the case.
He also moved the Alibaug sessions court on Monday afternoon, seeking bail. The court is likely to pass an order by November 13.
Goswami’ lawyers, Harish Salve and Abad Ponda argued that the Maharashtra police have not met the legal requirement of getting consent from a court for reopening the case.
He had been initially lodged in a quarantine centre for prisoners in Mumbai, but was shifted to the Taloja jail on Sunday as he had gained access to a mobile phone.
The police had seized his mobile following his arrest.