Panaji: Court Charges Journalist Tarun Tejpal with raping a colleague

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Friday, September, 29 2017 - 14:35

A Goa court on Thursday charged Journalist Tarun Tejpal with an alleged rape and sexual abuse case filed against him in November, 2013.

A woman journalist accused the Tehelka magazine's founder-editor of sexually assaulting her inside an elevator of a five-star hotel during the ThinkFest conference organised by Tehelka.

 The Goa police began an investigation, after the series of emails between her, Mr Tejpal and Tehelka's then Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhary, were published by media.

Tarun Tejpal was arrested on November 30, 2013 for six months before the Supreme Court granted him bail in July 2014.

The court on Thursday, rejected Mr Tejpal's petition to defer framing of charges by a month and also denied him exemption from appearing in person for court proceedings.

He was charged under sections 376(2) (rape), 354 A (sexual harassment) and B (criminal force with intent to disrobe), 341 (wrongful restraint) 342 (wrongful confinement), to which he has pleaded not guilty.

The former Tehelka editor has pleaded not guilty, saying all charges against him are "absolutely false" and motivated by "political vendetta".

The High Court will be hearing the appeal petition filed by Tejpal’s counsel on Tuesday, on November 1.


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