New Delhi Criminal defamation claim shut down by Supreme Court. “FIR does not offence criminal defamation”. This is a big victory for #ArnabGoswami who was questioned by Mumbai Police for criminal defamation. Entire Congress narrative that Arnab defamed Sonia Gandhi has been bludgeoned.
5. Criminal defamation claim shut down by Supreme Court. "FIR does not offence criminal defamation". This is a big victory for #ArnabGoswami who was questioned by Mumbai Police for criminal defamation. Entire Congress narrative that Arnab defamed Sonia Gandhi has been bludgeoned. https://t.co/l8APVN0I2Y
— Pradeep Bhandari(प्रदीप भंडारी) (@pradip103) May 19, 2020
In what comes as shot in the arm for Arnab Goswami in his battle against Sonia Gandhi (Antonia Maino) and Congress, the Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed all the subsequent FIRs and complaints against Arnab after all the FIRs were merged into a single FIR earlier. In its order, it has also extended protection to Arnab Goswami against any coercive action by three weeks. More importantly, the Supreme Court has made some important observations about the freedom of press which is a tight slap on Antonia Maino and her lackeys.
The Court has rejected Arnab Goswami’s plea that all the hate speech FIRs that have been filed against him should be quashed, but has also granted him protection from arrest for 3 weeks, so that he can apply for anticipatory bail.
Since multiple FIRs have been registered against him in different states of India, the Supreme Court has said that instead of all those multiple FIRs being pursued, just one would be sufficient. However The FIR that has been filed against him in Nagpur, was shifted to Mumbai, and will take its course.
Arnab Goswami will be tried for hate speech because of the comments that he made on his show on Republic TV about Sonia Gandhi, saying that she would celebrate the death of the sadhus who were killed, and that she would receive appreciation from Italy. It was not just because he addressed her with her original Antonia Maino, contrary to what is being shared on social media.
Mukul Rohatgi, the advocate who represented Arnab Goswami, told the Supreme Court that there was nothing communal about Arnab’s speech, and that all cases against him should be quashed. However, the Supreme Court decided to club all the multiple FIRs into a single one, and also directed the Mumbai Police to make sure that Arnab is protected from any kinds of attacks in the future.
Arnab has welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to grant him relief from arrest for 3 weeks, and put out a video saying that his freedom of expression was being upheld.