Tehelka case: Trying to contact woman scribe, will respect her privacy, says Goa Police

A day after Goa government ordered a probe into the alleged sexual assault by Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal on a woman journalist colleague, DIG OP Mishra said on Friday that a preliminary inquiry has begun.

Zee Media Bureau

Panaji: A day after Goa government ordered a probe into the alleged sexual assault by Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal on a woman journalist colleague, DIG OP Mishra said on Friday that a preliminary inquiry has begun.

Mishra said that Goa Police has begun the inquiry and asked for the CCTV footage from the hotel to examine the sequence of events.

The DIG said that the police are attempting to contact the alleged victim and her privacy will be respected.

Mishra further said that the Goa Police have asked Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhary to give the documents mailed by the alleged victim.

A huge controversy has erupted after Tehelka magazine editor Tarun Tejpal accepted "misconduct" against a woman journalist.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who conferred with top police officials yeseday, ordered a preliminary probe after prima facie opinion that there seems to be substance in the letter written by the victim to her office.

Tejpal has offered to recuse himself from the editor’s post and the office for six months.

In a letter to managing editor of Tehelka Shoma Chaudhary, Tejpal said, "The last few days have been most testing, and I squarely take the blame for this.... A bad lapse of judgment, 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.

"Because it involves Tehelka, and a sterling shared legacy, I feel atonement cannot be just words. I must do the penance that lacerates me. I am therefore offering to recuse myself from the editorship of Tehelka, and from the Tehelka office, for the next six months," he said in his letter.

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