Show-cause notice issued to Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami

MUMBAI: Assistant police commissioner Sudhir Jambavdekar, in his capacity as special executive magistrate, has issued a show-cause notice to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami asking why he should not be asked to execute a bond of good behaviour. If he violates the bond, he would have to pay a penalty of Rs 10 lakh. Goswami has been asked to appear before the ACP on October 16.

The notice is issued under Section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) which calls upon a person to execute a bond of good behaviour under certain conditions. This provision is invoked for offences stipulated, among other sections, in Section 108 (1) (a) of CrPC which empowers an executive magistrate to issue a show-cause notice on why a person accused of offences against public peace should not be ordered to execute a bond, with or without sureties, for his good behaviour for a period not exceeding one year.

The notice comes in the light of two criminal cases registered against Goswami for offences including under Sections 153A and 153B of the Indian Penal Code for alleged breach of public tranquility and “promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc. and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.” The notice sets out details of the two FIRs against Goswami. The first says he allegedly made inflammatory statements on April 21 with regard to the Palghar lynching case, inciting communal hatred. His statements have created communal disharmony, the notice said. The second pertains to news aired on the huge crowd gathered outside Bandra railway station on April 14 during the lockdown. The news tried to cause a rift between communities, thus affecting peace in the city, the notice said.

Source: Times of India


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