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Bombay High Court refuses to quash FIR in TRP scam, turns down Arnab Goswami's plea for protection from arrest

Asks Mumbai police to first issue summons to Arnab Goswami

Bombay High Court refused to both quash the FIR in the alleged TRP scam and give protection from the arrest of Arnab Goswami. However, the court directed Mumbai police to first issue summons to Goswami if he is proposed to be added as accused. Goswami would appear and cooperate with the investigation if summons received.

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The court asked Mumbai Police to submit the progress of investigation made in the past one week in a sealed cover and issued notice on the petition filed by Republic Media Network against Mumbai Police’s FIR in the alleged TRP scam. The court will hear the petition finally on November 5 at 3 PM.

Republic Media Network had approached the Bombay High Court after the Supreme Court last week refused to entertain its petition to quash the FIR filed by Mumbai Police FIR in the alleged TRP Scam.

A bench comprising Justices SS Shinde and M S Karnik heard the petition.

Kapil Sibal appeared on behalf of the Maharashtra Government while advocate Harish Salve appearing for Republic Media Network.

On the interim order of protection from the arrest of Goswami, the bench said, “As on today, he is not an accused. So we do not think there is any reason to pass an interim order of protection.”

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