Police arrest Arnab Goswami in suicide caseThe Raigad police along with Mumbai police arrested Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, Feroz Shaikh and Nitesh Sarda on charges of abetment to suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer, Anvay Naik, the managing director of architect firm Concord Design Private Limited whom the channel reportedly owed Rs 83 lakh.
Naik and his mother were found dead at their farmhouse in Kavir Village in Alibaug. Naik was found hanging from the ceiling on the first floor and his mother's body was found on the ground floor on the bed .
The police had found a suicide note in English which purportedly stated said Anvay and his mother decided to take the extreme step since payments due to them were not being cleared by owners of the three companies.
Naik's wife Akshata had lodged a complaint that Goswami of ARG Outlier had not paid Rs 83 lakh for the Bombay Dyeing Studio Project whereas Feroz Shaikh of Skimedia and Nitesh Sarda owner of Smart Work not paid Rs 4 crores and Rs 55 lakh he had carried out respectively.
According to police:
"Arnab and his wife Samyabrata refused to open the door for nearly an hour despite us telling them that we have come to arrest him in the Alibaug case. We had deputed a policeman to video record the entire sequence of event to avoid any allegations," said a senior police officer.
When Arnab opened the door, his wife started video recording and alleged that the police assaulted him. Police said that there is no need for them to have an arrest warrant in the IPC 306 abetment to suicide case. When police handed over them the notice for intimation of arrest, his wife tore the papers.