Tarun Tejpal sent to police custody for 6 days
The Goa court yesterday sent Tehelka founder and editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal to police custody for six days, so he may be interrogated over the rape charges filed by a woman journalist
Tejpal’s arrest late Saturday and his remand yesterday followed two weeks of drama after his colleague, who has now quit the magazine, accused the veteran journalist of sexually molesting her in a Goa resort twice in November.
Tejpal looked drained in his slightly crumpled black suit when he was escorted to the court on Sunday. After arriving from Delhi, he spent Friday night in a suite with his immediate family at a hotel in Panaji, and the following night in a police lock-up.
The media was not allowed to enter Judicial Magistrate First Class Kshama Joshi’s courtroom where she allowed the police the right to quiz Tejpal for six days in custody.
“He will be confronted about the conflict between his e-mails and media statements where he admits to a sexual liaison in the elevator on November 7 and 8 and his subsequent rejection of the same,” a police officer said.