A video of a woman named Akshata Naik, making some serious allegations against the Republic TV owner Arnab Goswami, has surfaced recently. The video was also shared by the Congress party’s official Twitter handle.
Her Husband, Anvay Naik and mother in law had allegedly committed suicide due to non-payment of professional charges by Arnab Goswami for designing his TV news studio in Mumbai.
On May 26, Anil Deshmukh Home Minister of Maharashtra tweeted that he has ordered a CID re-investigation in this case.
As per a report by Sabrang India, In May 2018, Arnab Goswami, along with Feroz Shaikh and Niteish Sarda were booked by Raigad Police for abetment of suicide of Anvay Naik and his mother. Anvay Naik was the Managing Director of Concorde Designs Private Limited, an interior designing company and he claimed in his suicide note that the 3 individuals including Arnab Goswami had not paid him dues of Rs. 5.4 crore. It was also reported that Goswami owed him Rs. 83 lakh for designing the studio of Republic TV in Mumbai.
Republic TV had, back then, issued a statement, “Republic TV would like to clarify that it had engaged the services of one Concorde Designs Private Limited sometime in December 2016… All amounts due and payable under the contract were paid by Republic TV to Concorde Designs. The details of payment, including cheque numbers, amounts, dates of payment, related correspondence and documentation are available with Republic TV.”
What is in the viral video??
Naik’s husband Anvay and her mother-in-law had allegedly committed suicide in their farmhouse in Alibag in May 2018 and in his suicide note, Anvay had blamed Arnab Goswami and two others, Feroz Shaikh and Niteish Sarda, for not paying his dues, collectively worth more than Rs. 5 crores. This incident took place in May 2018 and none of the accused named in the case have been arrested yet. In the video, Akshata alleges that no substantial progress has been made in the investigation into the case. She also asks for action to be taken against Arnab Goswami and fears for her and her daughter’s lives.
In this video, Naik can also be seen making allegations against Suresh Varade, PI Alibag police station where he asked her to reconsider her decision of filing the FIR as it involves influential people. She says she went ahead with the FIR despite this, but the case is now at a virtual standstill with no real progress. She also alleges that she has not been given a laptop and a mobile phone back from the police which was taken for investigation. Even the suicide note was given to her after much persuasion. She apprehends a serious threat to her life and says that if anything were to happen to her or her daughter, Arnab Goswami should be held responsible for it. She is also seen asking for protection for her and her daughter.