Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday extended the interim protection from arrest to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in an abetment to suicide case filed against him in May 2018.

Goswami was also exempted from personal appearance in the Alibaug court till April 16.

Goswami and two others, Feroze Shaikh and Nitish Sarda, were arrested on November 4 after the police reopened a case involving the death of interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik at their home in Alibag in May 2018. According to the police, the Naiks died by suicide over alleged non-payment of dues by Goswami’s channel and the companies of Shaikh and Sarda.

The three accused were arrested on November 4. On November 11, the Supreme Court had ordered the release of the journalist and the two other accused on interim bail, including a bond of Rs 5,000 each.

On December 16, the Bombay High Court allowed Goswami to challenge the chargesheet filed in the 2018 abetment to suicide case.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police said it would continue its earlier statement of not taking any coercive action against Arnab till April 16, the next date of hearing.

The city police told the judges that it would not take any action against Arnab and his colleagues from Republic TV, who all are accused in the TRP scam.