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SC refuses to entertain Arnab Goswami's fresh petition to quash Mumbai Police FIR against Republic TV’s editorial team

This is a little ambitious, remarked a bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a writ petition filed by ARG Outlier Media Private Ltd that owns Republic TV channels and Arnab Goswami seeking against the FIR registered by Mumbai police against the editorial team of the channels, reported LiveLaw.

A bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee expressed disinclination to entertain the petition and suggested that the same be withdrawn and be pursued in other appropriate remedies.

Senior Advocate Milind Sathe, appearing for the petitioners, told the bench at the outset that the petition was filed seeking protection from the "hounding of the channel and its employees for last few months".

"This is a little ambitious, Mr. Sathe", Justice Chandrachud remarked after seeing the prayers in the petition such as the direction to Union of India to grant protection to Republic employees, transfer all cases to CBI, restrain Maharashtra police from arresting Republic employees etc.

"You better withdraw this, Mr. Sathe', Justice Chandrachud suggested.

On this, Sathe sought liberty to pursue alternate remedies. Accordingly, the petition was withdrawn without prejudice to the rights of the petitioners to seek alternate remedies.

It was on October 23 that the Mumbai police registered FIR against the anchors and the editorial team of the Republic TV alleging that they incited 'disaffection' among police officials with their report suggesting that a "revolt was brewing against Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh."

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