ARNAB RANJAN GOSWAMI Vs. UNION OF INDIA
LAWS(SC)-2020-5-15
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Decided on May 19,2020

Arnab Ranjan Goswami Appellant
VERSUS
UNION OF INDIA Respondents





Cited Judgements :-

KUSHAL AGARWAL VS. MAHENDRA KUMAR JAIN [LAWS(CAL)-2022-7-55] [REFERRED TO]
MURUGANANTHAM VS. DIRECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE [LAWS(MAD)-2022-1-13] [REFERRED TO]
MOHIT DHAWAN VS. U.T.CHANDIGARH [LAWS(P&H)-2020-11-166] [REFERRED TO]
SHAKIB VS. STATE OF KARNATAKA [LAWS(KAR)-2022-7-903] [REFERRED TO]
PAWAN TAMRAKAR VS. M.P. SPECIAL POLICE ESTABLISHMENT [LAWS(MPH)-2021-6-15] [REFERRED TO]
SPECIAL POLICE ESTABLISHMENT VS. UMESH TIWARI [LAWS(MPH)-2022-1-61] [REFERRED TO]
SAVITRI DWIVEDI VS. STATE OF CHHATTISGARH [LAWS(CHH)-2021-9-52] [REFERRED TO]
MAHENDERKAR AMARNATH VS. STATE OF TELANGANA [LAWS(TLNG)-2021-7-16] [REFERRED TO]
BHAUMIK DILIPKUMAR GANDHI VS. STATE OF GUJARAT [LAWS(GJH)-2021-4-272] [REFERRED TO]
K. MATHAMMA VS. STATE OF TELANGANA [LAWS(TLNG)-2021-10-22] [REFERRED TO]
B. V. BYRE GOWDA S/O VENKATE GOWDA VS. NISAR AHMED S/O NAZEER AHMED [LAWS(KAR)-2021-9-15] [REFERRED TO]
DR. VIJAY KUMAR SHARMA VS. STATE OF U.P. [LAWS(ALL)-2021-6-24] [REFERRED TO]
ROYDEN HAROLD BUTHELLO VS. STATE OF CHHATTISGARH [LAWS(CHH)-2022-1-24] [REFERRED TO]
PANKAJBHAI HASTIMAL JAIN VS. STATE OF GUJARAT [LAWS(GJH)-2021-10-425] [REFERRED TO]
P. GOPALAKRISHNAN VS. STATE OF KERALA [LAWS(KER)-2022-4-162] [REFERRED TO]
JITENDRA CHAUDHURY VS. STATE OF TRIPURA [LAWS(TRIP)-2021-12-1] [REFERRED TO]
GOPALAKRISHNAN VS. STATE OF KERALA [LAWS(KER)-2022-4-48] [REFERRED TO]
ARUN KUMAR JAGATRAMKA VS. UNION OF INDIA [LAWS(GJH)-2022-8-1155] [REFERRED TO]
MOHAMMED ZUBAIR VS. STATE OF NCT OF DELHI [LAWS(SC)-2022-7-90] [REFERRED TO]
SAMBIT PATRA VS. STATE OF CHHATTISGARH [LAWS(CHH)-2021-4-37] [REFERRED TO]
SEKH JAMIR VS. CENTRAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION [LAWS(CAL)-2022-5-4] [REFERRED TO]


JUDGEMENT

DHANANJAYA Y CHANDRACHUD, J. - (1.)The petitioner is the Editor-in-Chief of an English television news channel, Republic TV. He is also the Managing Director of ARG Outlier Media Asianet News Private Limited which owns and operates a Hindi television news channel by the name of R Bharat. The petitioner anchors news shows on both channels.
(2.)On 16 April 2020, a broadcast took place on Republic TV. This was followed by a broadcast on R Bharat on 21 April 2020. These broadcasts led to the lodging of multiple First Information Reports[1] and criminal complaints against the petitioner. They have been lodged in the States of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand as well as in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir. In the State of Maharashtra, an FIR was lodged at Police Station Sadar, District Nagpur City. The details of this FIR are:
"Maharashtra

FIR No. 238 of 2020, dated 22 April 2020, registered at Police Station Sadar, District Nagpur City, Maharashtra, under Sections 153, 153-A, 153-B.295-A, 298, 500, 504(2), 506, 120-B and 117 of the Indian Penal Code 1860."

[1] "FIRs"

Apart from the above FIR, as many as fourteen other FIRs and complaints have been lodged against the petitioner, of which the details are extracted below:

" FIR No. 245 of 2020, dated 22 April 2020, registered at Police Station Supela, District Durg, Chhattisgarh, under sections 153-A, 295-A and 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code 1860.

FIR No. 180 of 2020, dated 23 April 2020, registered at Police Station Bhilai Nagar, District Durg, Chhattisgarh, under sections 153- A, 188, 290 and 505 (1) of the Indian Penal Code 1860.

FIR No. 176 of 2020, dated 22 April 2020, registered at Police Station Civil Lines, District Raipur, Chhattisgarh, under sections 153-A, 295-A and 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code 1860.

Complaint dated 21 April 2020 by District Congress Committee-Antagrah, Kanker, Chhattisgarh.

Complaint dated 22 April 2020 by Pritam Deshmukh (adv.), Durg District Congress Committee - to SHO city PS Durg, Chhattisgarh.

Complaint dated 22 April 2020 by Suraj Singh Thakur, State Vice President, Indian Youth Congress- to Sr. Police Officer, Chirag Nagar, Ghatkopar East, Mumbai.

Complaint dated 22 April 2020 - Pankaj Prajapti (party worker of INC and ex-spokesperson NSUI) through counsel Anshuman Shrivastavas - Superintendent of Police, Crime Branch, Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Complaint dated 22 April 2020 - Balram Jakhad (adv.) - to PS Shyam Nagar-u/s 153, 188, 505, 120B in Jaipur.

Complaint by Jaswant Gujar - to SHO Bajaj Nagar PS, Jaipur.

Complaint dated 22 April 2020 by Fundurdihari, Ambikapur, District Sarguja, Chhattisgarh - Rajesh Dubey, Chhattisgarh State Congress Committee - to SHO Gandhi Nagar, Ambikapur- u/s 153, 153A, 153B, 504, 505.

Complaint dated 22 April 2020 in Telangana by Anil Kumar Yadav, State President of Telangana Youth Congress to SHO Hussaini Alam - u/s 117, 120B, 153, 153A, 295A, 298, 500, 504, 505 and 506. Also 66A of the IT Act.

Complaint dated 23 April 2020 by Anuj Mishra before Kotwali, Urai, Tulsi Nagar.

Complaint dated 22 April 2020 by Kumar Raja, VP, Youth Congress, Jharkhand Congress Committee before Kotwali Police Station, Upper Bazar, Ranchi.

Complaint dated 22 April 2020 by Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress."

(3.)The genesis of the FIRs and complaints originates in the broadcasts on Republic TV on 16 April 2020 and R Bharat on 21 April 2020 in relation to an incident which took place in Gadchinchle village of Palghar district in Maharashtra. During the course of the incident which took place on 16 April 2020, three persons including two sadhus were brutally killed by a mob, allegedly in the presence of the police and forest guard personnel. The incident was widely reported in the print and electronic media. The petition states that a video recording of the incident is available in the public domain. In his news show titled "Poochta hai Bharat' on 21 April 2020 on R Bharat, the petitioner claims to have raised issues in relation to the allegedly tardy investigation of the incident. The segment of the news broadcast is available for public viewing online at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2i4MMpKu9l

;


Click here to view full judgement.
Copyright © Regent Computronics Pvt.Ltd.