The Mumbai Police filed a new case against Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami for allegedly creating communal hatred against Muslims over the incident that took place in Mumbai’s Bandra last month.
The complaint filed by Irfan Abubakar Shaikh, secretary of Raza Educational Welfare Society accused both Republic TV and Goswami of trying to spread hatred against the Muslim community in connection with the April 14 migrant workers protest outside the Bandra station. He claimed Goswami targeted a mosque in Bandra that had no link with the gathering, reported Hindustan Times.
“There was no link or issue related to the mosque near the Bandra station. The only issue was that the migrants had gathered in the open space near the mosque. But Arnab purposely highlighted the mosque to create communal disturbance in the city,” said Shaikh in his complaint.
A police officer from Pydhonie police station told the newspaper that a case has been registered against Goswami. “As part of evidence after taking the statement we have collected the footage of the shows with the clips in a pen drive as evidence,” he added.
“The debate on the channel intended to blame the Muslim community for the spreading of the coronavirus. Goswami had made many such hate-filled comments against the community, targeting it,” the paper quoted Shaikh saying in his statement.
The FIR was registered under sections 153, 153 A, 295 A, 500, 505 (2), 511 and 120 B of the Indian Penal Code.
Earlier, Goswami was questioned by the Mumbai Police for over 12 hours in connection with an FIR registered against him for making derogatory remarks against Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi over the lynching of sadhus in Maharashtra’s Palghar. Goswami had accused the Congress chief of orchestrating the Palghar lynching in Maharashtra.