Jharkhand: The Supreme Court has pulled up the Jharkhand government for arresting a journalist in Jharkhand from his bedroom at midnight.
The Supreme Court on Monday raised questions on the arrest of private channel journalist Arup Chatterjee in a case of extortion. The top court has condemned the arrest of the journalist from the bedroom at night by the police. The Supreme Court said that a journalist is not a terrorist. Police action is excessive. It seems that there is complete anarchy in Jharkhand.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli refused to interfere with the Jharkhand High Court’s order granting interim bail to the journalist and said it would not entertain the state’s appeal. Expressing strong displeasure over the incident, the court told Jharkhand’s Additional Advocate General Arunabh Chaudhary that you knock on the door of a journalist in the middle of the night and take him out of his bedroom. You are doing this to a person who is a journalist and journalists are not terrorists.
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Oral remarks made by the apex court
The top court made these oral remarks while hearing the Jharkhand government’s appeal against the High Court’s order granting bail to journalist Arup Chatterjee on the wife’s plea. He was arrested on the intervening night of 16 and 17 July on charges of extortion. Chatterjee was released after two days.
The lawyer gave this argument
Jharkhand’s counsel argued that the High Court did not wait for the police to submit its status report on the plea of Chatterjee’s wife before passing the order. The bench refused to interfere in the matter as the bail order was an interim one.
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Journalist’s wife made this claim
Chatterjee’s wife claimed that the Dhanbad police arrested her husband from his residence in Ranchi and did not inform the local police, which is mandated under CrPC. In the High Court, she claimed that her husband was harassed and targeted for airing a story against corruption.
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