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FIR Has Been Launched Against the Various TV Channel’s Editor- in- Chief by the Several States

Sudhir Chaudhary Editor-in-Chief Zee News TV channel has been booked by the Kerala police. On March 11 a program related to ‘Jihad’ on his TV show Daily News And Analysis (DNA) was proved to be the main reason behind the FIR. He is offending the Muslim religion in his program.

On May 1, one of the anchors of News18 TV channel and host of TV show ‘Aar Paar’- Amish Devgan has been booked by the Mumbai Police. The FIR was filed because the report says that he was allegedly spreading false news on his show. He claimed that Muslims offered namaz in a mosque in Kurla area of Mumbai. He is also alleged to have shown a fake video during the show to prove his claim.

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On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear the petition filed by Arnab Goswami, The editor- in- chief Republic TV’s. FIR is registered against Arnab Goswami for allegedly trying to disturb communal harmony.

Abubakar Shaikh, secretary of the Raza Educational Welfare Society filed a complaint against Arnab Goswami as he was accused of creating communal disturbance over the gathering of migrant workers in Mumbai’s Bandra last month.

Abubakar Shaikh has filed a complaint under sections:
• 153: Provocation with intent to cause a riot.
• 153A: Promoting enmity between different groups.
• 295A: Outraging religious feelings of any class of citizens.
• 500: Defamation.
• 505(2): Statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes.
• 120B: Criminal conspiracy of the Indian Penal Code.
He filed FIR under these sections against Arnab Goswami.

An application filed by the Maharashtra government will also be heard by the top court. As the Maharashtra government is demanding, orders be issued to “insulate” the Mumbai Police “from any pressure, threat or coercion” from Arnab Goswami so that the investigating agency can carry out a fair probe.

Arnab Goswami had been accused by the state government because of “publicly trying to malign the police and the manner of their investigation” and making “false and baseless allegations” against the Mumbai police commissioner. Now a bench comprising Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice M.R. Shah will hear both the applications that are filed against him.

Over 100 FIRs and protection from arrest
Several states including Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Telangana, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh filed more than 100 FIRs against him. After more than 100 FIRS Arnab Goswami had approached the Supreme Court last month.

All the FIRs accused Arnab of using derogatory language against Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and making “inflammatory statements” during discussions on the Palghar incident on his channel.

Arnab Goswami said that they violate his fundamental rights under
• Articles 19(1)(a): freedom of speech and expression.
• 21: the right to life and personal liberty.
and he had demanded that all complaints or FIRs be quashed.

On 24 April 2020, the Supreme Court had provided Arnab protection from arrest, and stayed all FIRs against him, except for one in Nagpur.

The Nagpur FIR was ordered to be transferred to and is now being investigated by the Mumbai Police, along with the FIR filed by Goswami alleging that he was attacked in the city by two goons on a motorcycle on 23 April.

According to the Supreme Court order, the Nagpur FIR was ordered to be transferred to Mumbai, and s now being investigated by the Mumbai Police, along with the FIR filed by Goswami alleging that he was attacked in the city by two goons on a motorcycle on 23 April.

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