The Maharashtra Government is mulling legal action against Republic TV Editor-in-Chief and controversial anchor Arnab Goswami under the Official Secrets Act.

This was informed by Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Saturday.

The Maharashtra Government is mulling legal action against Arnab Goswami over the leaked WhatsApp chats at between him and former Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) CEO Partho Dasgupta in connection with the Balakot airstrike.

“How Goswami got to know about the Balakot airstrike three days before it was launched?” questioned Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

“This is a serious matter related to the national security of the country and the Central Government should have an answer,” he added.

“The Maharashtra government is taking legal opinion on whether the state home department can take action in this connection under the Official Secrets Act, 1923,” Deshmukh informed.

Meanwhile, the Congress has launched an all-out attack on the Centre over the purported chats between Arnab Goswami and Partho Dasgupta.

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The Congress has called for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into Goswami’s claims of proximity with the Central Government.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) has already demanded for an investigation into “the breach of national security, violations of the Official Secrets Act and the role of the persons involved.”

The chats have allegedly revealed leakage of prior information on the Balakot airstrikes, in the aftermath of the 2019 Pulwama attack.

On Friday, the Congress in Maharashtra staged protests across the State demanding arrest of Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami for ‘treason’ under the Official Secrets Act, 1923.

At various places in the state, a large number of Congress activists protested by hurling stones and shoes at photos of Goswami, garlanding his portraits with chappals, and raising slogans against him and the BJP.

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