Senior Advocate and Supreme Court Bar Association President Dushyant Dave wrote a letter to the Secretary General of the apex court objecting to the listing of the interim bail plea of Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami from ‘Selected Way’ on November 11.
Hearing on Arnab Goswami’s petition is being held on the very next day after filing his petition.
Dushyant Dave has expressed his objection to the Secretary General asking that thousands of people have been lodged in jails for a long time and their cases are not listed for weeks, months but when Arnab Goswami files a petition, how and why immediately Gets listed.
Arnab Goswami was arrested by the Mumbai police for abetting an interior designer Anvay Naik to commit suicide. After which he applied for an interim bail in the Bombay High Court, which was rejected by the court. Challenging which he has filed a petition in the Supreme Court.
Terming the subject of his letter as the “extraordinary urgent listing of the Special Leave Petition filed on behalf of Arnab Goswami,” Dave has questioned whether there was a special direction from the Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde himself to list petitions by the journalist urgently.
“While thousands of citizens remain in jails, languishing for long periods while their matters before the Supreme Court are not getting listed for weeks and months, it is, to say the least, deeply disturbing, how and why every time Mr. Goswami approaches the Supreme Court, his matter gets listed instantly. Is there any special Order or Direction from Honble the Chief Justice of India and the Master of the Roaster in this regard ?” Dave has asked.
Goswami had approached the Supreme Court this morning against a November 9 order of Bombay High Court denying him interim bail in the 2018 suicide abetment case of interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik. The petition is listed for hearing tomorrow at 10.30 AM before a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee
Dave has gone on to question the Registrar too asking if he was giving preferential treatment to Goswami without the CJI’s knowledge.
“It is quite well known that such extraordinarily urgent listings of matters cannot and does not take place without specific orders from Honble the Chief Justice . Or is it that as the Administrative Head you or the Registrar listing is giving special preference to Shri Goswami?” says Dave in his letter.