Sexual assault case: Goa police issue summons to Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal
The Goa police today issued summons to Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting his junior colleague.
A senior police official confirmed that Tejpal has been issued summons to remain present before the investigating officer. He, however, refused to mention whether the accused has been given any date or time to present himself before the investigating authority.
The Goa crime branch is investigating the complaint against Tejpal by a woman journalist. The police official also said the victim will be called to record her statement before a magistrate.
"She has been fully cooperating with the police and her statement is very crucial for the case," the official said. Investigating officer Sunita Sawant has already met the victim in Mumbai and recorded her statement yesterday.
The Goa police had on November 22 lodged an FIR against Tejpal under IPC 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) in connection with the incident.
The police had yesterday issued an "immigration check post alert" against Tejpal so that he cannot leave the country.