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Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami arrested in Anvay Naik’s suicide case

The Mumbai police on Wednesday arrested Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami from his residence in Maharashtra on charges of abetment in a suicide case.

The Republic TV editor claimed the police assaulted him while taking him away from his home early in the morning. He also alleged that the police manhandled his elder parents.

Architect and a famous interior designer, Anvay Naik had committed suicide on May 5, 2018, in Alibaug at Raigad district of Maharashtra, naming Goswami in the suicide note. His suicide note claimed that he had been forced to take the extreme step because of the financial burdens caused by the non-payment of dues amounting to over Rs 5 crore by Goswami and two others.

Naik’s wife Akshita had filed an FIR against Goswami two years ago. She had alleged that her architect husband had worked on an interior designing project, which was his last, for Republic TV office and Goswami had refused to pay him the dues.

Naik and his mother Kumud had committed suicide two years ago, under financial distress, his wife had alleged.

In May 2020, Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh had announced a fresh CID investigation into the case after Adnya Naik, daughter of Anvay Naik, approached him and complained that the Alibaug police had not investigated the ‘non-payment of dues from Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV, Hindustan Times had reported. Any kind of assistance for overcoming suicidal thoughts is available on the State’s health helpline 104 and Sneha’s suicide prevention helpline 044-24640050

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