Alleging that the communally provocative remarks were made during the coverage of Palghar lynching case and Bandra migrants incident, the Mumbai police has issued a show-cause notice to Republic TV’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.
The notice has been issued by Sudhir Jambavdekar, assistant commissioner of police (Worli division), exercising the powers of Executive Magistrate under Section 108 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Code.
Under Section 108 CrPC, an executive magistrate can demand “security for good behaviour” from a person who is suspected of acts like the publication of materials affecting communal harmony.
He has been asked to appear before the Special Executive Magistrate and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Worli Division on Friday at 4 pm.
The notice has asked Goswami to show reasons for not directing him to furnish a bond of ₹ 10 lakh for the duration of one year with one guarantor “who is well-known in society and who can control his behaviour”.
The notice cites certain statements said to be have been made by Goswami during his show “Puchhta Hain Bharat” on Republic Bharat.
It is stated that Goswami had asked whether it was a crime to be Hindu and wear saffron clothes and whether people would have remained silent had the victims not been Hindus.
His comments could create communal disharmony and hatred between Hindus and Muslims, and the show evoked strong reactions on YouTube, the notice said.
The notice also mentioned that before the Palghar incident, Arnab Goswami had allegedly made provocative comments about a crowd of migrant labourers that had gathered outside the Bandra Railway Station in Mumbai during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
(As reported by LiveLaw)