“Article 19(1)(a) Cannot Be Used As A Shield Against Commission Of Crime”: Mumbai Police Tells SC In Republic TV’s Plea Against Investigation In TRP Scam Case

first_imgTop Stories”Article 19(1)(a) Cannot Be Used As A Shield Against Commission Of Crime”: Mumbai Police Tells SC In Republic TV’s Plea Against Investigation In TRP Scam Case LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK14 Oct 2020 10:36 PMShare This – xThe Mumbai Police has filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court, urging it to dismiss, with exemplary costs, the petition filed by Republic TV ( (AGR Outlier Media Pvt Ltd) and Arnab Goswami challenging the Mumbai Police investigation against the channel in the TRP Scam case. The Mumbai Police has contended that investigation in to an alleged crime cannot be urged as a…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Mumbai Police has filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court, urging it to dismiss, with exemplary costs, the petition filed by Republic TV ( (AGR Outlier Media Pvt Ltd) and Arnab Goswami challenging the Mumbai Police investigation against the channel in the TRP Scam case. The Mumbai Police has contended that investigation in to an alleged crime cannot be urged as a ground for violation of Article 19(1)(a). “Article 19(1)(a) cannot be invoked by the Petitioners to sidestep, thwart and prevent any investigation by the competent investigating agency into alleged fudging of TRP ratings. The right under Article 19(1)(a) is not a shield which can be used against any a commission of crime under the extant criminal law of the land,” the Affidavit filed through ACP, CID states. It is pointed out that whether the allegations contained in the impugned FIR do or do not make out any offence as alleged by the Petitioners cannot be decided at this stage. “The investigation is still progressing in respect of FIR No. 143 of an a 2020. There is no exceptional circumstance whatsoever warranting any interference by this Hon’ble Court under Article 32 of the Constitution,” the agency insisted. The matter is listed for hearing today, before a Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud. The agency further informed the Court that summons has been issued to officers of several TV Channels, however, it is only Mr. Arnab, who is not extending cooperation. It submitted, “The line of interrogation cannot be controlled or dictated by the persons under investigation/ interrogation.” In this backdrop, the agency has also opposed the demand for a CBI enquiry into the matter, as no person has a “vested right” to be investigated by a particular agency. Furthermore, the agency has informed the Top Court that Mr. Arnab Goswami is directly interfering with the investigation and intimidating witnesses by issuing news release. “Petitioner No. 2 (Arnab Goswami) has been holding programmes and/or debates on the TV Channels owned by Petitioner No. 1 (ARG Outlier Media), where this case is being discussed and/or debated at length, with the Petitioner No. 2 being one of the anchors in these programmes/debates. The Petitioner No. 2 is also contacting various witnesses who have been summoned by me and discussing a and/or debating the contents of their statements on the TV programmes, owned and controlled by the Petitioners,” it submitted. It is further alleged that Arnab held a programme with certain employees and also issued a news release directly indicating that the said employees will not reveal certain information. Thus, it is contended that the impugned FIR is being attempted to convert into a “media spectacle”. It is submitted that such kind of a “media trial’ is antithetic to the process of free and fair investigation as also administration of justice. The FIR has been registered for the offences of Criminal Breach of Trust and Cheating under Sections 409, 420, 120(B), 34 of IPC and is being investigated by Mr. Shashank Sandbhor, ACP (DCB, CID). Next Storylast_img

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Close