Publishedduration1 hour agomedia captionArnab Goswami

Arnab Goswami, arguably India's most controversial TV anchor, became the story when he was arrested recently over a suicide case. He denies the charges and has been granted bail, but the case only adds to his polarising personality, reports BBC's Yogita Limaye.

"In a country where 80% of the population is Hindu, it's become a crime to be Hindu," Arnab Goswami declared on the prime time show of his Hindi language TV station Republic Bharat in April.

"I ask today that if a Muslim cleric or Catholic priest had been killed, would people be quiet?"

He was speaking about an incident where two Hindu "godmen" travelling in a car, and their driver, were lynched by a mob.

Police said the men had been mistaken for child kidnappers. The attackers and victims were all Hindu. But for nearly a week, the Republic network ran programmes claiming the victims' Hindu identity was a motive for the crime, echoing an unfounded theory floated by some members of India's governing Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionMr Goswami's supporters took to the streets after his arrest

This, critics say, is the real danger of Mr Goswami's brash, cacophonic and often partisan coverage.

They believe viewers of his network are being drip-fed false information, divisive and inflammatory views, and propaganda for the Hindu nationalist BJP – its six years in power have been linked to the increased marginalisation of India's 200 million Muslims.

Mr Goswami and Republic TV didn't respond to the BBC's request for an interview, or answer questions about allegations of airing fake and inflammatory news, or partisanship towards the BJP.