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Arnab Goswami, 2 Others Booked For Abetting Suicide Of Interior Designer

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| May 7 , 2018 , 08:49 IST

Famous anchor Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV and two others identified as Feroz Shaikh and Niteish Sarda have been booked by the Alibaug Police for allegedly abetting the suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer and his mother, media reported on Monday.

The interior designer Anvay Naik, who was the managing director of Concorde Designs Private Limited claimed in his suicide note that he was forced to commit suicide because he was not paid his dues by the 3 accused, amounting to a total of Rs 5.40 crore.

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Raigad district superintendent of police Anil Paraskar said, “The suicide note by Naik mentions the names of Arnab Goswami, Feroz Shaikh and Niteish Sharda who have been held responsible for the suicide.”

Naik and his mother were found dead at their farmhouse in the Kavir village of Alibaug taluka on Saturday, while his wife Akshata Naik was at their Mumbai residence. Naik was found hanging from the first floor ceiling and his mother was found dead on a bed on the ground floor. A police complaint was lodged after the double suicide by Akshata.

According to the FIR, Arnab Goswami allegedly did not pay the dues of Rs 83 lakh for the Bombay Dyeing Studio Project, Feroz Shaikh of IcastX/Skimedia allegedly did not pay Rs 4 crore for his project at Andheri and owner of Smart work Niteish Sarda allegedly did not pay Rs 55 lakh for his projects at Magarpatta and Baner.

Republic TV editor Niranjan Narayanaswamy in an official statement rejected the abetment to suicide allegations, blaming 'vested groups' for using the interior designer's suicide maliciously.

“Certain vested interest groups are running a false and malicious campaign and making false statements and innuendos against Republic TV by exploiting a tragic event involving the unfortunate demise of Anvay Naik. All amounts due and payable under the contract were paid by Republic TV to Concorde Designs. All such details and evidence will be given to the appropriate authorities as and when required,” said Narayanaswamy.