The editor in chief of Republic TV, Arnab Goswami, journalist known for his debating skills, and two others identified as Feroz Shaikh and Niteish Sarda were booked by the Alibaug Police for the abettement of suicide under IPC section 306.
Anvay Naik (53), who runs a firm Concorde Designs Pvt. Ltd., committed suicide on Friday night by hanging himself. His mother, Kumud was also found deceased near his body and the police are yet to determine the cause of death.
In his suicide note, Naik had blamed three entities that have pushed to exercise an extreme measure. Allegedly, Republic TV, IcastX/Skimedia and Smartworks refused to pay him the bills due which led to Naik incurring many losses to his business. Naik’s wife, Akshata filed a case against the three firms following the incident.
"Both the bodies were found in Kavir village of Alibaug. On the basis of a complaint given by Naik's wife, we have registered a case. Three people who were named in the suicide note have been named as accused in the FIR. As per the complaint, Naik did not receive money for his work,’ said Sanjay Patil, Additional Superintendant of police, Raigad.
Naik runs an interior designing firm. He had done the architectural work for all three companies, and despite repeated pleas the companies did not pay him what he was due.
In response to the allegations, Republic TV issued a statement, "Republic TV will take strict legal action against anyone indulging in such false propaganda. Republic TV would like to clarify that it had engaged the services of one Concorde Designs Private Limited sometime in December 2016. All amounts due and payable under the contract were paid by Republic TV to Concorde Designs.
The details of payment, including cheque numbers, amounts, dates of payment, related correspondence and documentation are available with Republic TV. All such details and evidence will be given to the appropriate authorities as and when required. Our thoughts and prayers are with Naik's family", the statement read denying the accusations.
Following this, Smartworks also issued a statement regarding the incident, "This is an unfortunate incident and our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the family. We will extend all support and co-operation as maybe required by the authorities. Amount due as per the contract have been duly paid. On the contrary the vendor (M/S Concorde) owes us money owing to non-compliance with current government regulations."
As per the FIR, Republic TV owes the deceased 83 lakh for the Bombay Dyeing Studio Project, while Feroz Shaikh owes 4 crore for his project at Andheri, and Niteish Sarda owes an amount of 55 lakh for his projects at Magarpetta and Baner.