Sexual assault case: `Enough evidence to lodge FIR against Tarun Tejpal`

Last Updated: Friday, November 22, 2013 - 13:52

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Friday said it is writing to Goa Police to lodge an FIR in the alleged sexual assault case against Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal.

"We are writing to the Goa police on the matter. There is enough evidence to lodge an FIR against Tarun Tejpal," said Shamina Shafiq, NCW member in-charge of Goa.

The council has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports on the matter. NCW member Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar said that the council has spoken to Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury and will try to speak to the girl today.

"From her emails that we have read, subject to its authentication, it seems to be more than depriving her of her modesty. It is a serious issue and there seems to be clear violation of Visakha guidelines. Though the girl has not approached us personally, she seems to be interested in getting justice," Pravabhalkar had said yesterday.

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NCW has also written to Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman of the Press Council of India requesting him to intervene and examine the matter that whether Visakha guidelines were followed in this matter or not.

Goa government had yesterday ordered a probe into the alleged sexual assault by Tejpal on a woman journalist colleague.

The alleged incident happened in a lift in a five star hotel in Goa about 10 days ago.

The case was handed over to the Crime Branch of police which has got the footage of the Close Circuit Television in the hotel. They have also sought the copy of the complaint filed by the girl from Tehelka.

Tejpal had written to Tehelka`s Managing Editor, saying he was "recusing" from work for 6 months admitting to "bad lapse of judgement".

With PTI Inputs



First Published: Friday, November 22, 2013 - 13:22

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