Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on Monday said he was proud to have had a part in the investigative journalism that he said has put the Sunanda Pushkar murder case “under scrutiny”.
His statement came weeks after a Delhi court ordered the police to register a First Information Report against him following Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s complaint about him. According to Tharoor’s complaint, Goswami allegedly accessed confidential documents that were part of the investigation report and the internal notes from police records in connection with the death of Sunanda Pushakar. Tharoor claimed that it is impermissible to share probe details with the public or the media during an ongoing investigation.
“Accessing documents to reveal the truth is integral to journalism,” Arnab Goswami said in a statement. “I am proud that we have done so and that because of our investigative journalism, the Sunanda Pushkar case is under scrutiny. I will fight this matter in the courts and I am absolutely convinced that the people of India will stand by us as we continue on the path of journalism that stands for the nation.”
Tharoor’s complaint had also claimed that Goswami’s news channel deliberately made defamatory remarks against him “in an attempt to increase the viewership”. The channel allegedly accessed Tharoor’s emails without his consent. Tharoor already has two cases against Goswami – a criminal defamation suit and a civil defamation suit.
Pushkar was found dead in a New Delhi hotel in January 2014. The police have charged Tharoor with abetting suicide. Tharoor had claimed the charges against him were “preposterous and baseless” and a product of a “malicious and vindictive campaign”.