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Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami has moved the Supreme Court seeking that no coercive action be taken on the FIRs filed against him across the country for allegedly defaming Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Goswami has approached the Apex Court a day after at least 16 complaints were filed against him in the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh.
He has sought an ex parte stay on any action that may be taken against him pursuant to the filing of the FIRs.
The petition is filed under Article 32 of the Constitution for the protection of Goswami's fundamentals rights under Articles 19(1)(a) and 21 and adds that the prayer for an ex parte stay is sought considering that the FIRs and complaints are filed across various States and the petitioner would be unable to be present in multiple Courts and Police Stations in this regard.
Goswami has also invoked Press freedom in his plea and has claimed that the registration of FIRs and filing of such complaints against him tantamount to muzzling of the Press. Such an action against the Goswami would be an attack on the Freedom of the press, the petition claims.
The petition has been filed by AoR Pragya Baghel and Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi is expected to represent Goswami before the Apex Court.
The case is listed for hearing before the Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah on Friday, April 24.