Tehelka sex assault case: Tejpal undergoes fresh tests, Goa police summons Shoma

Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal was on Wednesday subjected to a second round of medical tests even as Goa police summoned the magazine's former managing editor Shoma Chaudhury and three other witnesses to record their statements before a magistrate.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that the the chargesheet in the case will be filed in about a month.

At a press conference today, the Chief Minister said the police would file the chargesheet in one to one-and-half months in the case but ruled out political interference in the investigations.

Tarun Tejpal
Tehelka founder and former editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal. File Pic 

Tejpal, arrested for alleged sexual assault and rape of a junior woman colleague, had undergone several medical examinations on Monday, including a potency test, whose result was positive.

"He (Tejpal) has been taken again for further medical examination this morning," a senior police officer said, adding he would be subjected to various medical tests that are required as part of investigation.

Goa Police also issued summonses to Chaudhury and three witnesses, in whom the victim had confided about what transpired between her and Tejpal at a five-star hotel on two occasions when he allegedly sexually assaulted her, to record their statements before a magistrate.

"We have sought permission from the court to summon Chaudhury and three witnesses to record their statements before a magistrate," a senior crime branch officer said.

A team of Goa Police had already recorded Chaudhury's statement in Delhi before she quit as managing editor amid outrage over her attempts at covering up the raging scandal.

Shoma Chaudhury
Shoma Chaudhury

Chaudhury's statement is "very crucial" as she was the first person to have come to know of alleged sexual assault on the young journalist by Tejpal.

Any statement or confession recorded by a metropolitan or judicial magistrate under section 164 of CrPC is admissible as evidence in a court.

The crime branch officer said the four would be called after court gives a date for recording their statements.

Meanwhile, Judicial Magistrate Kshama Joshi today rejected Tejpal's application for a fan in the lock up where he is in police custody since Saturday.

On December 2, Tejpal's lawyer had petitioned the court for a fan to be installed in the lock up on humanitarian ground.

A woman journalist of Tehelka, who later resigned, has accused Tejpal of sexually assaulting her twice on November 7 and 8 in Goa. Tejpal has been booked under Sections 354A (outraging the modesty of a woman) and 376 (2)(K) (custodial rape) of IPC. 

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