In the recent development in the Arnab Goswami arrest case, the Alibaug Court has awarded him judicial custody for 14 days. Arnab Goswami has denied all the allegations against him while the Mumbai Police has claimed that he has been arrested in a serious case and it has nothing to do with his editorial role.
There is a difference between Police Custody and Judicial custody. Police custody means that the accused will be detained in the police lock-up under the authority of the Police. In Judicial Custody the accused is detained in jail under the custody of the concerned magistrate.
Basically, whenever an accused is arrested, he has to be produced within 24 hours before the Area Magistrate and if he not available then to any local magistrate. The Court then has the option to either send him to police custody or judicial custody.
The police custody is granted for a maximum of 15 days but to avoid illegal detention the Court usually grants it for 14 days. Judicial custody can be granted for 60 days if the offense is punishable with less than 10 years of imprisonment and it may extend to 90 days if it is punishable with more than 10 years of imprisonment or with life imprisonment or the death sentence.
The arrest of Mr. Arnab Goswami has started a political storm between BJP and the ruling government of Maharashtra. The MVA government has played the Marathi card against BJP that the party is detrimental to the interests of Marathi “manoos”.
Meanwhile, Mr. Goswami has filed a Habeas Corpus petition in the Bombay High Court alleging that his arrest is an Act of Revenge for news coverage questioning those in power. His bail petition is also scheduled for hearing today.