Tehelka sexual assault case: Victim resigns, Tarun Tejpal files for anticipatory bail
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Last Updated: Monday, November 25, 2013, 18:21
  
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New Delhi: Former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal who is accused of sexually assaulting a junior colleague at a resort in Goa earlier this month, filed for anticipatory bail on Monday; while the victim resigned from her post in the magazine.

Tejpal's lawyers Geeta Luthra and Pramod Dubey mentioned Tejpal's bail plea before Justice G.S. Sistani, which is likely to be heard Tuesday. After grilling Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury for nine hours on Sunday, the Goa police is likely to record the victim’s statement today.

The Goa police team on Sunday could not establish contact with Tejpal, and he is likely to be summoned today as well.

However, they established contact with the victim. No further details were divulged by the Goa police citing privacy concerns.

The Goa police team which also questioned three other employees of Tehelka.

Earlier on Sunday, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Goa OP Mishra said that the team of police has left from New Delhi after carrying out the first round of questioning in connection with the sexual assault case involving Tehelka's editor Tarun Tejpal, and added that the investigation is proceeding in the right direction.

He also said that the police have obtained some relevant documents and seized certain electronic items required in this case.

"Our team in Delhi visited the Tehelka office. They have examined the Managing Editor, and have obtained some relevant documents and seized certain electronic items that are required during the process of investigation,' he told media here today.

"The team was able to examine some more people in the case and after carrying out the first round of questioning, the team left from Delhi. They will carry out further investigation in this case," he added.

Earlier in the day, Tehelka's Managing Editor Shoma Choudhury said that she fully cooperated with the team of Goa Police, who took her deposition for nine hours

"All the relevant documents and E-mails I had shared with my colleagues, I shared with the police. I can't comment how much satisfied they were but it was a courteous experience for me. I hope it brings clarity, truth and justice to the case", she said.

Chaudhury had earlier in the day disagreed with the allegation that she was avoiding going to the police to depose on the matter.

While initially maintaining that it was not for her to go to the police, and that it was the young woman journalist's right to decide how to proceed in the case, Chaudhury said: "The information to the media is wrong. I have sent a mail to the police. There is a lot of wrong information that is floating around. I cannot possibly be giving any evidence. I am cooperating with the Delhi Police."

Tejpal has suggested that the young journalist's version of events is not entirely accurate.

But in an email to her sent on Tuesday, he had admitted to a "shameful lapse of judgement that led me to attempt a sexual liaison with you on two occasions on 7 November and 8 November 2013, despite your clear reluctance that you did not want such attention from me."

The journalist has not yet filed a police complaint. The Goa Police was instructed by the state government to investigate her allegations, contained in the email by her to Ms Chaudhury on Monday. That email was leaked to the press.

The FIR against Tejpal lists rape by a person in a position of authority over the woman, an offence that carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.


First Published: Monday, November 25, 2013, 10:21


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