Mumbai: Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami has moved the Bombay High Court seeking a direction to the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Raigad-Alibaigh, not to take cognizance of the final report filed by the Raigad Police on Friday, in a 2018 Anvay Naik abetment of suicide case.

According to a report on Live Law, Goswami has alleged that the entire case reeked with malafide on part of the State Government and is an example of the Executive's interference via 'premeditated diktat' to law and order officers.

The police on Friday filed a charge sheet against Arnab Goswami and two others in a 2018 abetment of suicide case.

The charge sheet was filed before a court in Alibaug in neighbouring Raigad district, where the case for alleged abetment of suicide of interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud has been registered.

Goswami has urged the Court not to take cognizance of this charge sheet as his very arrest on the morning of November 4 was with a malafide intention and in a completely illegal manner, solely at the behest of the Maharashtra Government. He has also urged the Court to stay all further proceedings, including investigation in the matter.

He has drawn the Court's attention towards a recent press conference held by the Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on 29 November 2020, wherein it was publicly declared that a "strong charge sheet" would be filed against Arnab Goswami "soon".

Goswami has stated that the above remarks were made despite an absolute, prima facie decision of the Supreme Court in his bail application, that the FIR registered against him is frivolous/ illegal.

On Thursday, Goswmai had moved the Bombay High Court seeking stay of the investigation in this case. He had urged that the matter be transferred to CBI as the Maharashtra Police are in the process of filing a completely malicious and vengeful chargesheet against him, with the malafide intention to harass him and to stifle the means of justice.

Goswami was arrested on the morning of November in a case registered by the Raigad Police in 2018 for allegedly abetting the suicide of a 52-year old interior designer named Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik. He was remanded to judicial custody by CJM Alibag and was kept at a local school which has been designated as a COVID-19 centre for the Alibaug prison. Later, he was shifted to Taloja prison in Mumbai after the police alleged that Goswami used a mobile phone in custody without permission.