Tehelka case: Witnesses depose, cops to seek extended custody of Tarun Tejpal

Goa police will on Friday record statements of former Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury and three other key witnesses, who were earlier asked to testify in the Tarun Tejpal sexual assault case.

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh k Srivastava

Panaji: Goa Police could seek another week`s remand for Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, who was arrested last week on charges of sexually assaulting a junior colleague here last month.

Police sources said that Tejpal, whose six-day remand period expires today, needed to be confronted and questioned after the statements of the three witnesses and former Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury were recorded by the police.
"We still haven`t been able to record a formal admission of crime from Tejpal. He keeps insisting the act was consented to by the victim," police said.

Tejpal has been accused of allegedly raping a journalist in the elevator of a five star resort in Goa last month. While the woman journalist has complained of rape, the accused Tejpal claims the act was consensual. The victim has since quit the magazine.

Meanwhile, three witnesses in the sexual assault case today recorded their respective statements in a Goa court before a judicial magistrate.
Ishan Tankha, G. Vishnu and Shougat Dasgupta -- all employees of the Tehelka weekly news magazine who have resigned since the incident -- were the people in whom the victim confided soon after she was sexually assaulted by Tejpal in an elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa.

Police also expect this weekend to record the statement of Shoma Chaudhury, managing editor of the weekly, who has since resigned.

Tejpal was arrested last week amid high drama and was remanded to six days in police custody by a local court.

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