Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal moves HC for anticipatory bail in sexual assault case

Justice G S Sistani, before whom the petition was mentioned by senior advocates K T S Tulsi and Geeta Luthra, will hear the matter tomorrow. 

Tejpal, in his petition, filed through advocate Sandeep Kapur, has also sought transit bail to approach the appropriate court in Goa.

The alleged incident happened in a lift in a five-star hotel in Goa earlier this month. The Goa police had on November 22 lodged an FIR against Tejpal under sections 376 (rape), 376 (2)(k) (rape by a person of a woman in his custody taking advantage of his official position) and 354 (outraging modesty) of IPC in connection with the incident.

Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal

Conviction under section 376 of IPC entails a maximum of life term in jail.

The issue came into the limelight when an email by the woman journalist of his magazine alleging sexual assault was made public and Tejpal announced on November 19 that he was "recusing" from his job for six months.

Yesterday, a three-member Goa police team, which had arrived in Delhi on November 23, quizzed Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury and three employees who had been contacted by the alleged victim to corroborate her version.

The police also seized from the Tehelka office a hard disc, transcripts of emails exchanged among Tejpal, Choudhury and the girl and other documents. 

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