Mr. Goswami, 47, is no stranger to controversy. Earlier this year, the Mumbai police opened an investigation into his Republic TV channel, accusing the channel of causing hatred against Muslims by targeting a mosque outside the station. linked it to a nearby demonstration of migrant workers.
Last month, police officials in Mumbai accused Republic TV and two smaller channels of cheating the rating system by paying poor people the equivalent of several dollars a month to watch the radio and turn on their TVs. . Mr. Goswami, the channel’s co-founder, has strongly denied the bribery allegations, saying he was being targeted for reporting critical of the Mumbai police.
The latest case against him involves the suicide of an interior designer, Anvay Naik and his mother in 2018. According to Mr. Naik’s family members, he named the journalist in his suicide note, accusing Mr. Goswami and two others of not paying. money owed him.
On Wednesday morning, officials raided Mr. Goswami’s home in an upscale area south of Mumbai, where it took him and his wife nearly an hour to open the door, according to police.
Video of the raid showed Mr. Goswami yelling at officers, asking them not to deal with him, as another officer repeatedly asked his wife Goswami, who also worked at the television station, to leave Her cell phone is down, which she says is recording the “live” event.
“You attacked me,” said Mr Goswami, as an officer repeatedly asked him to cooperate. When he refused to get up from the bench, another officer walked over and said, “It’s over. You have been arrested. “
Akshata Naik, widow of Anvay Naik, says her husband worked hard on a design project for Republic TV, but not being paid for work for over a year left him penniless. and forced him to commit suicide.