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SC declines to quash FIRs against Arnab Goswami, no shift of probe to CBI

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Arnab Goswami
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The court saw that while journalists have the fundamental Right to speak truth to power, this Right was not all true.

Arnab Goswami
Source – National Herlad

Extending Goswami’s temporary protection from arrest by three weeks, the SC said, “Right of a journalist under 19 1 (a) higher…Free citizens can’t exist if news media can’t speak.”

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the appeal made by Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami seeking the shift of investigation of a case, filed against him for allegedly slandering Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, to the CBI. The court also refused to quash the FIRs lodged against him.

Arnab Goswami commented against Congress President Sonia Gandhi in the Palghar lynching case, PTI reported. Goswami has been booked in connection with a TV shows on the meet of migrants outside Bandra railway station on April 14. This apart, many FIRs have been filed against him for his presentation on Palghar lynching. In that show, he had asked specific questions on the incident to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, circling which Congress workers lodged complaints against him in various states.

Sonia Gandhi
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However, the court headed by Justice DY Chandrachud increased his interim protection by three weeks. The top court also told the Mumbai police commissioner to provide him security, according to Live Law.

The court saw that while journalists have the fundamental Right to speak truth to power, this Right was not all true. “The language, content and sequencing of complaints are identical,” it said. “Multiple complaints will have a stifling effect. The Right of journalists under Article 19(1)(a) is higher, and free citizens cannot exist without free media. Questions you cannot answer are better than questions you cannot question.”

The judges also passed the interim order on April 24, allowing the consolidation of several FIRs and their transfer to Mumbai.

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