The plea seeks quashing of the FIR against Republic TV and its employees including Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and an order transfering the investigation proceedings from the Crime Branch Mumbai Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation .
Republic has found directions to the Centre to initiate a CBI enquiry against Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh as well as initiate disciplinary proceedings against him for abuse of power. Republic has also found interim protection against any likely coercive action like questioning and investigating by the Crime Branch against the members of the channel. They have prayed for an order of stay on the investigation of the channel and its employees till the Court decides on the plea.
Some of the grounds in the petition
• Republic sought transfer of investigation to the CBI anticipating a pre-determined and biased investigation by the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police.
• They have challenged the FIR believing that they have been falsely implicated in connection of the FIR as they have been in the forefront of exposing shortcomings of the Maharashtra Government and the Mumbai Police in recent investigations of Sushant Singh Rajput and Palghar lynching incident.
• They have pleaded that Republic was deliberately not mentioned in the FIR to preclude them from availing any remedies.
• The statements of SSR in the press briefing of October 8, Republic channel employees have a fear of apprehension by the Mumbai Police