A week after an English daily first reported that Arnab Goswami will be provided with ‘Y’ category security cover, Times Now’s Editor-in-Chief has responded to the development. “I have not received any communication from the government regarding this. I have neither got nor applied for any security cover. I don’t know where it has come from,” Goswami told exchange4media.
The Newshour presenter mentioned that it is not even possible for him to move around with 20 security guards. “I have 19 people on my news desk. I don’t have the place to accommodate 20 guards,” he added. He used the term “flabbergasted” to describe his response to the entire episode.
Goswami had come under fire from netizens shortly after the news report surfaced. Former Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju particularly sought to know as to why the common citizens should pay for Goswami’s security.
Responding to critics who were quick to label him a hypocrite for acquiring security cover while simultaneously opposing VVIP culture, Goswami stated that people should have checked with the necessary source before the news went viral.
On October 16, a leading English daily had reported that Goswami will be given ‘Y’ category security cover based on a threat-perception analysis by the Intelligence Bureau. “Under the ‘Y’ category cover, Goswami will get round-the-clock protection from around 20 guards, including two personal security officers for close proximity security,” the newspaper had said.
It was claimed that Goswami was under threat from Pakistan-based terror groups on account of his forthright views on the subject of cross-border terrorism as expressed on his night debates on Times Now. The report also said that the Home Ministry was going to ask the Maharashtra Police to look after Goswami’s security since the journalist is based in Mumbai.