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Rajgarh Temple Demolition: Rajasthan High Court Grants Arnab Goswami 10 Days To Respond To State's Application For Commencement Of Investigation

6 July 2022 4:41 AM GMT
Rajgarh Temple Demolition | Rajasthan High Court Grants Arnab Goswami 10 Days Time To File Reply On States Application Seeking To Commence Investigation

Republic TV Chief and anchor, Arnab Goswami, who has been booked by the Rajasthan Police for promoting enmity between religious groups through a broadcast regarding alleged temple demolition in Rajgarh, has been granted 10 days' time to respond to an application seeking commencement of investigation.

The Rajasthan High Court asked Goswami to respond to State's application seeking vacation of interim protection granted to him and liberty to commence investigation in the matter.

The court had granted him interim protection in May, restraining the authorities from arresting him.

Yesterday, the Court asked Goswami to respond to State's application by July 19 and extended protection until then.

Essentially, the FIR was registered at Ambamata Police Station, Udaipur on 17.05.2022 against Arnab Goswami along with other persons of Republic Bharat under Sections 153A, 295A, 120B, 499, 501, 504 & 505 of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of Information Technology Act, 200 read with N.S.A. Act.

The FIR was registered pursuant to the news reporting conducted by Republic Bharat with regards to demolition of temple at Rajasthan. The FIR was based on the complaint filed by Congress Spokesperson Pawan Khera. In this regard, Arnab Goswami has moved to the High Court seeking quashing of the aforesaid FIR.

On 20.05.2022, the matter was mentioned before the bench by Sr. Adv. Mahesh Jethmalani. Consequently, Justice Dinesh Mehta had observed,

"Having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case and considering that the omnibus allegations levelled in the FIR relate to an attempt to de-establish the State Government, this Court is of the view that the immediate and urgent interrogation of the petitioner is not required, particularly when neither details of programme nor any specific incident have been indicated in the written information."

Rajgarh Temple Demolition | "Urgent & Immediate Interrogation Not Required", Rajasthan HC Grants Interim Relief To Arnab Goswami On Pawan Khera's Complaint

The case is next listed on 19.07.2022.

Adv. Muktesh Maheshwari and Adv. Aidan Choudahry appeared on behalf of the petitioner while PP Gaurav Singh and Adv. Shivang Soni appeared for the respondents.

Case Title: Arnab Goswami v. State of Rajasthan & Ors.

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