Tarun Tejpal charged with rape: Timeline of ex-Tehelka editor’s case so far

Former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal is accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague inside an elevator at Hotel Grand Hyatt on the night of November 7, 2013. His trial will begin on November 21.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 28, 2017 6:19 pm
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A trial court in Goa framed charges of rape against ex-Tehelka magazine editor Tarun Tejpal on Thursday in connection with an alleged rape case filed against him in 2013. Tejpal is accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague inside a life at Hotel Grand Hyatt on the night of November 7, 2013. His trial will begin on November 21.

The charges under which Tejpal has been booked include 376 (rape), 354-A (sexual harrassment and punishment for sexual harassment), 376(2)(k) IPC (rape of a woman by a person being in position of control or dominance over the woman, 376 (2) (f) (person in position of trust or authority over women, committing rape of such women) and Section 354 (b) (disrobing a woman), along with other charges sections 341 and 342 (punishment for wrongful restraint). ALSO READ: Tarun Tejpal charged for rape by Goa court, pleads not guilty

Here’s a timeline of the Tarun Tejpal’s case so far:  

7 November, 2013: Tarun Tejpal, the then-Tehelka editor, allegedly sexually assaulted a female employee inside the elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa.

20 November, 2013: Tejpal stepped down as the editor-in-chief of Tehelka in the wake of sexual assault allegations.

21 November, 2013: Goa police launched the investigation into the alleged sexual assault by Tejpal.

23 November, 2013: Two days later, Goa police lodged an FIR against Tejpal in a case of rape and outrage of modesty after being accused by a junior colleague of sexually assaulting her while they were in the state to attend a conference organised by the publication.

30 November, 2013: A sessions court denied anticipatory bail to Tejpal, stating that his case lacked merit. He was subsequently arrested and lodged at Sada sub-jail.

17 February, 2014: A chargesheet was filed against Tejpal by the Goa crime branch. The chargesheet reproduced Tejpal’s “formal apology e-mail” written to the woman and Tehelka’s then managing editor Shoma Chaudhury, in which he says, “…I apologise unconditionally for the shameful lapse of judgement that led me to attempt a sexual liaison with you on two occasions on 7 November and 8 November 2013, despite your clear reluctance that you did not want such attention from me”. In the “Atonement” email, Tejpal wrote to Chaudhury, “The last days have been most testing and I squarely take the blame for this. A bad lapse of judgement, an awful misreading of the situation, have led to an unfortunate incident that rails against all we believe in and fight for.”

1 July, 2014: The Supreme Court granted bail to Tejpal and observed that the former editor had spent six months in jail since his arrested on November 30, 2013. The apex court maintained that there was no need for Tejpal’ continued incarceration as a charge sheet was filed on February 17.

16 June, 2017: A sessions court accepted Tejpal’s request to hold the rape proceedings in-camera and barred media from covering it.

26 September, 2017: Bombay HC refused to stay framing of charges against Tejpal.

28 September, 2017: Court charged Tejpal with rape, sexual harassment and wrongful restraint.

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    K.J.Haroon Basha
    Sep 30, 2017 at 10:14 pm
    Tarun Tejpal's first and foremost "crime" was that his Tehelka’s sting operations had exposed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s corruption and underhand dealings. Tehelka made its re tion exposing corruption in cricket and then cemented it with a sensational report of corruption in defence deals during the BJP government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This was 12 years ago. Rape case is just an excuse to arrest, humiliate and punish him.
    1. H
      Sep 30, 2017 at 11:39 am
      It must have taken just a few Minutes to F U C K her ..... But it takes FOUR LONG F UCK-I NG years to ALLOW filing charges !!! What the F U C K is going on ???
      1. R
        Sep 30, 2017 at 2:42 am
        What is happening to likes of Tejpal, Lallu etc. is karma catching up with them. 'karma' may be 'communal' idea as it is not from abrahmic/marxist cult books, but Indian corrupt, criminal, anti-natoional thugs, ra.pi.sts etc. who thought they can do anything they want they can get away and never will be questioned as long as they wear 'secularism' burqa has been busted! Time for more criminals, looters and anti-nationals to gace their day in courts befor going to Tihar residence they deserve. No wonder all such fellows are making so much noise about 'intolerance' 'freedom' 'democracy' etc. and banding them self together to 'protect' them aka being exposed and goimng to jail for past sins! Like ugly looking Mani iyer did, they will go to any extent beg ISI,LeT or import muslims from Bangladesh/Rogingyas to somehow make India behave like WB/Kerala denying native sons of soil a chance to elect their own rulers!
        1. V
          Sep 30, 2017 at 3:31 am
          You are a true mother FKKER.
        2. i
          Sep 29, 2017 at 7:20 pm
          This is the real face and character of Tarun Tejpal a rapist,molester etc. who was falsely deposing corruption during Vajpai led NDA government while keep mute spectator during 2004-2014 Manmohan Singh lead UPA regime who siphoned 15 million crores of rupees.
          1. M
            Sep 28, 2017 at 10:46 pm
            Tarun is being witch hunted for exposing the seditious act of Bangaru Laxman, the BSTRD OF BJP WHO SOLD INDIA IN A STING OPERATION.And also being witch hunted for exposing the extra judicial and judiciary bstrds approved murders in the north east by so called Indian security forces!
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              Pitambar Sharma
              Sep 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm
              How can anybody defend this piece of s . Jihadi Marxists are worse than drug addicts in having a paranoia induced hallucination making them defend anybody who is against Hindus and BJP.
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