Meghalaya Youth Congress files FIR against Arnab Goswami

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In a recent turn of events, the Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MYPC), has filed an FIR against Editor-In-Chief and Anchor of Republic TV Arnab Goswami on Friday.

The Youth Congress accused Goswami of making “wilful defamatory attack” against Congress President Sonia Gandhi and “communalise” the mob lynching incident at Palghar in Maharashtra.

In an FIR lodged with the Circle Inspector of Tura Police Station under West Garo Hills District, MYPC leaders, Richard M Marak, Pangsanf R N Sangma, and Gamrik K Sangma alleged that, “Goswami tried to light this communal fire despite public statements given by both the Chief Minister and the home minister of Maharashtra who clarified that the incident in Palghar had no communal angle to it.”

As stated in the FIR- “We would like to bring to your notice that Apr 21, Arnab Goswami of Republic TV on his show Prime Time made a willful defamatory attack against Congress president, Sonia Gandhi and made a direct attempt to communalize the incident of mob lynching in Palghar, Maharastra by attaching a Hindu-Muslim angle to it. He tried to light this communal fire despite public statements given by both the Chief Minister and the Home Minister of Maharastra clarifying that the incident in Palghar had no communal angle to it. On top of it all, he also tried to bring the Christians and even Italy into the mix.”

The FIR also mentions the statement made by Goswami where he said that, “Would Sonia Gandhi have been quiet if Muslim preachers or Christian saints had been killed instead of Hindu saints? She is quiet today, but I think she feels happy that Hindu saints were killed in a state where Congress has a stake in the government. She will send a report to Italy about the fact that she is getting Hindu saints killed in Maharashtra.”

Considering the statement, it can be classified as a hate speech and it is an attack on the Constitution of India and is an offence under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Information Technology Act, 2000 and guidelines of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, stated the FIR.

Several Congress leaders accused Goswami of trying to incite communal violence through hate speech. This was followed by the filing of several FIRS. However, earlier on Friday, a Supreme Court bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah granted interim protection of three weeks to Goswami. The apex court allowed the Maharashtra police to proceed with investigations into one of the FIRs filed.

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