A bench headed by justice Chandrachud said that Goswami, Nitish Sarda and Parveen Rajesh Singh should be released on interim bail on a bond of Rs 50,000. It further directed the Commissioner of Police to ensure the order is followed immediately.
The SC added that Arnab Goswami, two others should not tamper with evidence and cooperate in the probe in abetment to the suicide case.
Goswami has approached the SC after the Bombay high court on Monday refused to grant interim bail to him and two others in the case and had asked them to move to the local court for the relief.
Besides the Maharashtra government, Goswami who is lodged in Taloja jail, has made the Centre, the Alibaug police station SHO, Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and Akshyata Anvay Naik as parties to his appeal.
The three accused were arrested by Alibaug police in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on November 4 in connection with the suicide of architect-interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother in 2018 over alleged non-payment of dues by companies of the accused.
Apart from seeking the interim bail, the journalist and other accused had also sought that a direction from the high court for staying the investigation into the case and quash the FIR against them.
The high court will hear their pleas seeking to quash the FIR on December 10.
Goswami was arrested on November 4 from his Lower Parel residence in Mumbai and taken to Alibaug in neighbouring Raigad district.
He and the two other accused were later produced before a magistrate who refused to send them in police custody and remanded them in judicial custody till November 18.
Goswami was initially kept at a local school which is designated as a COVID-19 quarantine centre for the Alibaug prison.
He was on Sunday shifted to the Taloja jail in Raigad district after allegedly being found using a mobile phone while in judicial custody.
(With agency inputs)