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The Supreme Court of India, on May 19, rejected a plea by prominent journalist Arnab Goswami seeking transfer of cases registered by Maharashtra Police against him for alleged communal remarks to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The apex court also dismissed Goswami’s plea for quashing the multiple FIRs registered against him. The FIRs against Goswami has been registered for his reporting concerning the Palghar Mob Lynching and Bandra Station Migrant chaos on his news channel Republic TV.
While the bench comprising of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah rejected the plea to quash the FIRs, the court clarified that there will FIRs against Goswami on the same cause of action and quashed the subsequent FIRs.
The court, however, said that Goswami has the liberty to pursue remedy before the competent court. The bench also confirmed the earlier interim order passed on April 24, allowing the consolidation of several FIRs and their transfer to Mumbai. The court also directed Mumbai Police Commissioner to provide protection to Goswami.
While senior advocate Harish Salve appeared for Arnab Goswami, senior advocate Kapil Sibal appeared for the State of Maharashtra. The court granted interim protection from coercive action on the FIRs till the delivery of judgement.