Arnab Goswami Shifted to Taloja Jail, Found Using Mobile Phone in Custody

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Arnab Goswami arrested as Maharashtra Police reopens 2018 case. — IANS file

The Raigad crime branch found Arnab Goswami was active on social media using somebody’s mobile phone

MUMBAI — The Raigad police on Sunday shifted Republic TV Managing Director and Chief Editor Arnab Goswami from an Alibaug school, where he was temporarily kept, to the Taloja Central Jail in the district, officials said here.

Goswami was lodged in a school premises since his arrest on November 4, as it serves as a Covid-19 isolation centre for prisoners.

Arnab Goswami was moved to Taloja jail after allegedly being found using a mobile phone while in judicial custody at Alibaug school prison, a police official said, according to PTI

The Raigad crime branch found Arnab Goswami was active on social media using somebody’s mobile phone, despite his personal mobile phone having been seized by police when he was taken into custody on November 4, the official said,.

He has been remanded to judicial custody till November 18 by Alibaug Court Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunaina Pingle.

Slamming the move to shift him, wife Samyabrata Ray Goswami claimed that her husband was “dragged and lugged by the Maharashtra Police in a blacked-out police van to Taloja Jail this morning”.

She said that her husband repeatedly said his “life was under threat” and the jailer assaulted him after he demanded access to his lawyers, “which was shockingly denied”.

“With Arnab (Goswami) publicly disclosing the threat to his life and the atrocities he is facing in custody, the law and order officers and the entire state and national machinery will be held responsible if any harm is inflicted upon my husband,” warned Samyabrata in a statement.

Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party vice-president Kirit Somaiya rushed to the jail and demanded proper care and security for Goswami while he was kept there.

“The jailer assured me of no harassment to Goswami in jail and proper medical treatment if required will be provided,” Somaiya later told mediapersons.

Goswami was arrested early Wednesday by a team of Mumbai Police and Raigad Police in connection with the case of double-suicide of an architect Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik in Alibaug on May 5, 2018.

In a suicide note, Naik had named Goswami and two others — Feroze Shaikh and Nitesh Sarda — who allegedly defaulted and failed to clear their dues of over Rs 5 crore for his professional services as agreed upon. — IANS

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