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Tarun Tejpal issue: Centre treads cautiously

The Centre Thursday refused to be drawn into the issue of a woman journalist levelling allegations of "misconduct" against Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal.



Panaji: The Centre Thursday refused to be drawn into the issue of a woman journalist levelling allegations of "misconduct" against Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal.

"It`s a very sensitive issue. After scrutinising every details regarding the Tarun Tejpal issue and if there is any reaction to be given in that issue then we will definitely give our reaction," Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters at IFFI venue in Goa.

"Since yesterday, we have been seeing this issue on TV, therefore after going into the deep detail, we will give our reaction," he added.

Accepting "misconduct" against a woman journalist, Tejpal yesterday offered to recuse himself from the post and the office for six months.

In a letter to Managing Editor of Tehelka Shoma Chaudhary, Tejpal had said, "The last few days have been most testing, and I squarely take the blame for this.... A bad lapse of judgement, an awful misreading of the situation, have led to an unfortunate incident that rails against all we believe in and fight for."

"I have already unconditionally apologised for my misconduct to the concerned journalist, but I feel impelled to atone further," he added.
Tejpal is a founder member of the Tehelka magazine.

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