Cases against Arnab, others: SC refuses to entertain the plea of Republic TV

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea filed by ARG Outlier Media Private Limited, which owns the Republic Media network, seeking protection for the group and its employees in the cases lodged against them in Maharashtra. The matter came up for hearing before a bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud which said that prayers in the petition were “all ambitious”.

“This petition is ambitious in nature. You want Maharashtra police not to arrest any employee and transfer the cases to CBI.

You better withdraw this,” Justice Chandrachud told senior advocate Milind Sathe, who appeared for ARG Outlier Media. Sathe told the bench that they have filed the plea to stop the Maharashtra police from “hounding” their media network, its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and its employees.

The apex court had on November 27 extended the interim bail of Goswami and two others till four weeks after the Bombay high court decides their pleas for quashing of an FIR in the 2018 abetment to suicide case, saying that the judiciary should ensure criminal law does not become a weapon for selective harassment.

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