Tarun Tejpal undergoes blood, potency tests

Published: 03 December, 2013 01:28 IST | Agencies |

Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal spent most of yesterday in hospital, undergoing a urology test related to potency, a mandatory general medical examination and a series of blood tests, officials said

He underwent the tests yesterday at the Goa Medical College near Panaji under police escort and was taken back to the Crime Branch for more interrogation later in the afternoon.

Police said Tejpal was questioned in spells of three hours on Sunday after he was formally sent to police custody for six days for allegedly sexually assaulting a junior colleague.

Tarun Tejpal
In jail: Tarun Tejpal being escorted by the cops from the court to prison

Tejpal was questioned about the discrepancy between his apologies via e-mail to the woman, and his subsequent public posturing that the case was a conspiracy.

Police sources said while the potency test was necessary to establish whether the accused was physically capable of the sexual assault he is accused of, the other medical examinations are mandatory every two days when an accused is in police custody.

Police sources said Tejpal could be taken to the Grand Hyatt hotel Monday night or Tuesday to recreate the crime scene. “He will then be confronted with the footage from CCTVs outside the elevator,” a police source said.

Tejpal spent most of Sunday in his prison cell. He spent the night on a makeshift newspaper mat in the company of four alleged frog poachers arrested by the state forest department.

Complaint against Lekhi for naming scribe
A lawyer submitted a complaint to the Goa Crime Branch against BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi for allegedly leaking the name of the woman journalist who has accused Tejpal of sexual assault. Lekhi told NCW that she was not responsible for putting out the name.

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