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Maharashtra Government considers legal action against Arnab Goswami over leaked chats

The State Home Minister has informed that the government has asked for a legal opinion on taking action against Arnab Goswami with regards to the leaked chats between him and the former CEO of BARC.

Maharashtra Government considers legal action against Arnab Goswami over leaked chats
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On Tuesday, January 19, State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh stated that the state government has asked for a legal opinion on taking action against Arnab Goswami, Republic TV editor-in-chief, for allegedly leaking sensitive information related to the Pulwama attack which happened in 2019 and Balakot airstrike on Pakistan, based on transcripts of the journalist’s WhatsApp conversation released by Mumbai Police last week.

India launched an airstrike on Balakot in Pakistan after an attack on CRPF personnel at Pulwama. This top-secret information was revealed in a WhatsApp chat between Arnab Goswami and Partho Dasgupta, former CEO of BARC, which happens to be a very serious matter. A delegation led by Congress general secretary and spokesperson Sachin Sawant called on Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to demand Goswami's arrest. During the meeting, he conveyed the same to the Home Minister further adding that Arnab Goswami's act is a violation of office secrecy under the Office Secrets Act, 1923, Section-5 (Official Secrets Act, 1923, Sec. 5).

According to the chat transcripts, Goswami texted Dasgupta three days before February 26, 2019, Balakot airstrike, saying “something big will happen” and “on Pakistan, the government is confident of striking in a way that people will be elated.”

Meanwhile, the TV journalist, in a statement to the media refuting the rumours, stated, “It is absurd to suggest that expecting India to strike back at Pakistan, after the Pulwama attack, was a crime. It was publicly available information and thousands of journalists reported, wrote, broadcast and analysed in the same direction after Pulwama.”

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