Tehelka case: Tejpal seeks in-camera hearing of bail plea

Last Updated: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 19:37

Panaji: Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a woman journalist, on Thursday filed an application before a local court demanding an in-camera hearing of his bail petition.

Tejpal`s lawyer moved the application for in-camera hearing before the district and sessions court when the case was on board for arguments on his bail plea.

The arguments on his petition asking for an in-camera hearing were heard today and the court will announce its verdict tomorrow. The court will subsequently hear his bail petition.
50-year-old Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a former junior woman colleague in a hotel here in early November, was arrested by Goa Police on November 30.

He has been booked under IPC sections including 354-A (sexual harassment, physical contact, advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures, or any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature), 376 (rape) and 376 (2)(k) (rape by a person of a woman in his custody taking advantage of his official position).

The journalist is currently lodged in Sada sub-jail.
A local court had on December 23 extended the judicial custody of Tejpal for 12 days after his initial custody expired.

His lawyers had also moved a petition before the district court seeking his bail stating that "the accused has not been questioned by police since he was lodged in the judicial custody".

PTI

First Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 19:37
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