The Supreme Court Monday refused to entertain a plea filed by ARG Outlier Media Private Limited, which owns the Republic Media community, searching for safety for the group and its workers within the instances lodged in opposition to them in Maharashtra.
The matter got here up for listening to earlier than a bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud which mentioned that prayers within the petition have been “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 instructed senior advocate Milind Sathe, who appeared for ARG Outlier Media.
Mr Sathe instructed the bench that they’ve filed the plea to cease the Maharashtra police from “hounding” their media community, its Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and its workers.
“You have sought all the reliefs and these can’t be entertained in one petition,” the bench mentioned, after which Mr Sathe mentioned he would withdraw the plea.
The high court docket allowed Mr Sathe to withdraw the petition with liberty to take acceptable cures accessible underneath the legislation.
Besides searching for safety for the media group, Mr Goswami and its workers, the petition had mentioned that Maharashtra authorities ought to be stopped from “hounding them” and all FIRs lodged in opposition to them be both quashed or transferred to the CBI.
The petitioner had additionally mentioned there ought to be CBI enquiry in opposition to the state and its police within the matter for lodging a number of instances in opposition to the media group and its workers.
It had additionally sought a course that no editorial and different staffs of the media group be arrested by the Maharashtra police.
Mumbai Police had registered a case within the alleged Television Rating Points (TRP) manipulation rip-off and Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had claimed that three channels, together with Republic TV, had manipulated the TRP.
ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd has denied these allegations.
The alleged racket got here to gentle when BARC, a corporation which measures TRP, filed a grievance on this regard via Hansa Research Group Pvt Ltd, the police had mentioned.
Besides this, another instances are pending in Maharashtra in opposition to Mr Goswami.
The high court docket had on November 27 prolonged the interim bail of Mr Goswami and two others until 4 weeks after the Bombay High Court decides their pleas for quashing of an FIR within the 2018 abetment to suicide case, saying that the judiciary ought to guarantee felony legislation doesn’t grow to be a weapon for selective harassment
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