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Tehelka case: FIR false version of intimate encounter,BJP framed me,says Tejpal

Tejpal's lawyer argued that rape charge was a "wrath of vengeance" of the BJP.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi |
November 27, 2013 11:59:57 am

Claiming that the rape charge was a “figment of the imagination” and a result of the “wrath of vengeance” of the BJP government in Goa,Tehelka founder and editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal sought anticipatory bail on Tuesday.

The high court,however,refused to grant interim protection without hearing detailed arguments. “I don’t even have a copy of the FIR,how can I pass any order,” said Justice Sunita Gupta,directing the counsel for the Goa government to submit a copy of the FIR. The matter is set to be heard on Wednesday.

Stating that a “false and concocted version of an intimate encounter between two individuals… has been played out as allegations of sexual assault”,the bail plea,filed by senior advocates K T S Tulsi and Geeta Luthra,described the incident as “only light-hearted bantering”. 

The incident was “blown out of proportion by various groups with vested interests,including top-most executives of Goa and even national political leaders of one party,” it said.

“The investigation being carried out by the Goa Police is patently tainted,unfair and is being used as an opportunity to satisfy the longstanding grudge of the political executive against the works and ideological stand of the present petitioner… (they) have unleashed their wrath of vengeance against the applicant,” it said.

“It is pertinent to note that the applicant exposed the then president of BJP in 2001 for committing corruption in defence deals as a result of which the party president as well as the then defence minister… had to resign. Furthermore,the applicant was also instrumental in exposing the role of prominent party leaders and the manner in which BJP was attempting to buy over crucial eyewitnesses and scuttle fair investigation in the Gujarat riot case,” said the plea.

It added that the alleged victim “continued to party” and was “completely normal and friendly all throughout her stay in Goa”. 

Undertaking that Tejpal was willing to join the investigation as and when required,his lawyers said the plea was only for interim protection. But the court declined their request for issuing orders against any coercive action till the application is disposed of. 

“The FIR has been filed suo motu without any complaint by the victim,and (Chief Minister) Manohar Parrikar has told the media that he is keeping in touch with the investigation team. This is interference by the executive in the police investigation,” argued Luthra. 

The counsel for the Goa government,Z Madhukar,as well as criminal standing counsel for Delhi,Pawan Sharma,opposed the bail plea,stating that the case was related to a serious offence.

“He has managed to keep himself safe till now. I am sure he can keep himself safe for two more days,” argued Madhukar.

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