After missing deadline, Tejpal to meet Goa cops today
Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal could be arrested soon, with the Goa police yesterday rejecting his request for two days extension to appear before them.
Tejpal withdrew his anticipatory bail application filed in the Delhi High Court yesterday and also skipped a 3 pm deadline by which he had to report to the officer probing the case in Panaji.
“The IO (investigating officer) has not accepted the request for extension taking into account the seriousness of the crime,” Goa’s Deputy Inspector General of Police OP Mishra said.
“She is proceeding as per law," Mishra said, adding that Tejpal had formally sought extension till Saturday through a fax sent from New Delhi but later in the evening said he would travel to Goa on Friday. Asked if Tejpal would be arrested, he said it could be the ‘next logical step’.
Informed sources said a special police team had been created, and it would travel to New Delhi, if necessary, to arrest Tejpal, who has accused the Goa government of acting with malice.
Mishra rejected Tejpal’s contention that he did not have adequate time to leave for Goa from Delhi. “When the summons were issued, the journey time from Delhi to Goa was taken into account,” Mishra said.
He refused to comment if a non-bailable warrant had been issued against Tejpal.