Fundamental Rights Arnab Ranjan Goswami vs Union Of India
Updated: Apr 18, 2022
The petitioner, in this case, is Arnab Goswami, the managing director and editor in chief of Republic Media Network. This case occurred against the backdrop of the Palghar lynching, in which three people were killed by a mob in the presence of police in Maharashtra. In his news channel, the petitioner questioned the involvement of Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi in the crime. Following that, numerous FIRs were filed against the petitioner in various states, and he also claimed that he was assaulted by members of the Indian National Congress as a result of this issue. As a result, the petitioner petitioned the Supreme Court under Article 32 for protection of his journalistic fundamental right to free speech and expression under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. The court ruled that the exercise of journalistic freedom is at the heart of the speech and expression protected by Article 19(1)(a) and that India's freedoms will be secure as long as journalists can speak truth to power without fear of retaliation. Because the right under Article 19 is not absolute, the court stated that it is subject to the legal regime enacted by the provisions of Article 19. (2). According to the outline, the right of a journalist under Article 19(1)(a) is no greater than the right of any other person.