Goa police likely to record victim’s statement, quiz Tejpal on Monday

After grilling Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury for nine hours in connection with the alleged sexual assault case against Editor Tarun Tejpal, the Goa police is likely to record the victim’s statement on Monday.

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New Delhi: After grilling Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury for nine hours in connection with the alleged sexual assault case against Editor Tarun Tejpal, the Goa police is likely to record the victim’s statement on Monday. The Goa police team which also questioned three other employees of Tehelka, however, could not establish contact with Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a junior colleague at a resort in Goa earlier this month.

According to reports, the Goa police could also question accused Tarun Tejpal in regards with the case tomorrow. Meanwhile, Chaudhury said that she “fully cooperated” with the cops hoped it will bring "clarity and justice" to the case. Tejpal is reportedly likely to approach High Court seeking a change in the investigating agency and transfer of the case from Goa police to a central agency.

DIG Goa police OP Mishra on Sunday told in a press conference that the investigation in the case is heading in the right direction. Adding that the examination of CCTV footage obtained from the Goa hotel, where the alleged incident occurred, is underway.

A Goa police team yesterday seized electronic devices and and took into possession relevant documents as it examined the Tehelka office in Delhi, Mishra said.

Mishra appealed to public and media organisations to refrain from publishing emails or anything that hurts privacy and dignity of the young journalist who was sexually assaulted earlier this month in an elevator of a Goa resort. The DIG said that publishing details of victims email have criminal implications as well. as well adding that, “We will not hesitate to use legal action if violations take place.”
Meanwhile today, the National Commission for Women (NCW) asked the Mumbai police to provide security to the victim alleging that she was being pressurised in the case.
Tehelka Managing editor Shoma Chaudhury on Sunday said that she had fully cooperated with Goa police and shared all details with them.

The young Tehelka journalist in her complaint to Chaudhury had said Tejpal sexually assaulted her twice in the elevator five-star resort during the news magazine`s ThinkFest conference earlier this month.