SC issues notice to Goa Police, agrees to hear Tejpal’s bail plea in sexual assault case

The SC issued a notice to Goa Police on Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal's bail plea.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: April 21, 2014 3:26 pm
Tejpal has filed an application in this regard with Goa police listing four questions, a senior police officer said on Saturday. Tejpal has filed an application in this regard with Goa police listing four questions, a senior police officer said on Saturday.

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the bail plea of Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal, an accused in a rape case, and issued notice to the Goa Police. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam asked the Goa Police to file its reply within four weeks.

During the brief arguments, senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Tejpal, pleaded for interim bail and said that the apex court can impose the condition on him not to leave Goa and come to Delhi during the pendency of the trial, which would be acceptable to him.

50-year-old Tejpal approached the apex court challenging the March 14 verdict of the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court, which had rejected his bail plea. Tejpal has been chargesheeted for allegedly raping, sexually harassing and outraging the modesty of a junior colleague during an event held at a hotel in Goa in November last year. Tejpal was arrested on November 30, 2013.

He has been accused of sexually assaulting the victim on November 7 and repeating the offence the next day. He is currently in judicial custody and lodged at Sada sub-jail in Goa’s Vasco town. Tejpal, in his bail petition, stated there were 152 prosecution witnesses who have to be cross-examined by the court, due to which the trial is likely to get prolonged further.

Tejpal has been chargesheeted under sections 354, 354-A (sexual harassment), 341 and 342 (wrongful restrain), 376 (rape), 376(2)(f) (being a person in a position of trust or authority towards the woman and rapes her) and 376 (2)(k) (being in a position of control or dominance over a woman and rapes her) of the IPC.

The Goa Police has claimed in the chargesheet that there was sufficient evidence available in the form of documents and statements on record to show that Tejpal had been evading police after commission of the alleged crime.

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  1. T
    Apr 22, 2014 at 8:49 am
    Sure, Tejpal did something stupid but so have many other old men who have got away free. And why?? Because none of them did what Tejpak, in good days did! Brought to light the dirt that infested the systems. And he is being punished with a vengeance for it. And here's a small but extremely pertinent question: How does a lady, standing upright, get her knickers pulled off...without stepping out them herself?? And if Tejpal managed to do it in minutes, seconds really, the man is a magician.Think about it. Something smells really fishy...