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Central government ministers corner opposition over arrest of Arnab Goswami

Home Minister Amit Shah, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Law & Justice, Communications, Electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development Smriti Irani, have called out the action by Mumbai Police

The central government has condemned the arrest of Republic Media Network’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami by Mumbai Police.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet that this attack on free press must be and will be opposed.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar took to Twitter to share the Modi government’s stand on the matter. “We condemn the attack on press freedom in #Maharashtra. This is not the way to treat the Press. This reminds us of the emergency days when the press was treated like this,” the I&B Minister wrote.

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Republic TV reported that Goswami was arrested on Wednesday morning from his residence in a 2018 abetment to suicide case under Section 306 IPC, which has now been re-opened after being closed earlier.

Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad too called out the action by Mumbai Police in his tweets.

Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development Smriti Irani and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma too took Twitter to condemn the arrest.

The Editors' Guild of India expressed shock. "We condemn the sudden arrest and find it extremely distressing. The guild calls upon Maharashtra to ensure that Goswami is treated fairly and state power is not used against critical reporting by the media," the top media body said in a statement.

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