Police on Wednesday arrested Goswami in Mumbai for allegedly abetting suicide of a 53-year-old interior designer, a police official said.
"The arrest of senior journalistArnab Goswami is seriously reprehensible, unwarranted and worrisome. We had fought for freedoms of Press as well while opposing the draconian Emergency of 1975," Prasad said in a series of tweets.
He said while Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have attacked the Modi government "through motivated charges of attack on institutions" yet they are completely silent when their own government in Maharashtra is "blatantly suppressing freedom of Press."
He claimed it to be a"textbook case of hypocrisy."
"One can differ, one can debate and one can ask questions too. However arresting a journalist of the stature of Arnab Goswami
by abuse of police power, because he was asking questions, is something which we all need to condemn," the Union minister said.
The ruling alliance in Maharashtra comprises the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party.
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