In a shocking disregard for the judicial process, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government on Friday issued a fourth notice to Republic Network Media Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami regarding the breach of privilege motion passed against him by the Maharashtra Assembly & Legislative Council. Shockingly, the notice was issued at 2:50 PM ordering him to appear before the Assembly within 10 minutes, in spite of the matter being sub judicial in the Supreme Court. Republic will approach the courts in this matter.
Coming out in support of Republic TV and its chief Arnab Goswami, Netizens slammed the Maharashtra Government for 'misusing the power'. One user wrote, "Dear @PMOIndia @narendramodi @AmitShah It is very shameful to see how the Maha govt is acting like goons. Today Indians are witnessing the Death of Democracy!" [sic]
The other said, "Now this is the limit.. please the opposition and people in Maharashtra should come out and take action against this tyrant government. #RepublicTV #RepublicFightsBack #Arnab10MinuteNotice" [sic]
SHOCKING : Sonia Sena & Udhav Vendetta Politics Crossed All Limits— Gaurav Mishra (@Imkgauravmishra) October 16, 2020
Maharashtra Assembly Serves Notice To Arnab At 2:50 PM For 3 PM Appearance.@republic @Republic_Bharat @pradip103 @iRaviTiwari @MeenaDasNarayan#Arnab10MinuteNotice
#Arnab10MinuteNotice— Yash Raj Singh (@3320b1ac9687451) October 16, 2020
Death of Democracy yet again.
Today, Maharashtra has become a whole another country, where they have a separate law and order with a pre determined purpose just to satisfy their ego. We watch & support @republic#IstandwithArnabgoswami pic.twitter.com/NgWHIonsG1
#Arnab10MinuteNotice The entire nation is with you Arnab and your channel, you shall win. The entire lutynes media is silent on this shame on them! The people of this country won't forgive them ever.— Krishan kum. Goswami (@krishan_goswam) October 16, 2020
#Arnab10MinuteNotice Highly condemnable and very vindictive. What is happening in Mumbai? We, the people of India are strongly behind Arnab, and will never allow anything to happen to him. I request Hon'ble Amit Shahji to look into this matter kn priority @AmitShah— swarnalathaa (@swarnalathaa) October 16, 2020
Reacting to the notice, Arnab said, "There is a complete breakdown of law & order in Maharashtra and we (Republic) have already interceded in the Supreme Court in this matter. We feel the privilege motion against us is frivolous, malicious and based upon political motives. It is our legal right to seek a remedy from the Supreme Court, which has put certain questions on procedural grounds, just a few days ago."
He added, "We are getting notice after notice from the Maharashtra Assembly, but they are not accepting our replies - which is patently illegal, unconstitutional. The purpose of the Maharashtra assembly is to serve the people of Maharashtra and not use interlopers to fix Republic. I am at the Supreme Court in this matter and you send me a notice at 2:50 PM to appear before the Assembly at 3 PM. What does this mean? They have shown their vendetta in public today."