The Bombay HC granted an interim relief to Arnab Gowswami, by staying the two FIRs filed by Mumbai police against him over alleged communalization of the incidents of Palghar lynching and the gathering of migrant workers at Bandra station. The bench observed”: “prima facie no case was made out against him”. And, ordered not to take coercive action against him.

The court while hearing the petition filed by Mr. Goswami seeking to ‘quash the FIRs’ which were logged against him. Earlier, a senior council Harish Salve submitted that as per Supreme Court order logging of an FIR in different states for the same incident were not sustainable and Hence FIR should be quashed. He has been booked under Sections of IPC such as 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language) 153B (imputations, assertions, prejudicial to national integration) 295A (malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting it’s religion), 298 (uttering words with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person, 500 (punishment for defamation), 504( intentionally insults, and thereby gives provocation to any person, intending it to be likely that such provocation will cause him to break the public peace), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) and 117 (abetting commission of offence by the public generally). 

Source: The Hindu

By- Durga Bhatt