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Tehelka rape charge: Trio whom victim confided in set to depose today

Tejpal is expected be taken to 'crime scene' after statements of the witnesses are in order.

Written by Smita Nair | Panaji |
December 6, 2013 12:55:31 am

The Goa Police has sought additional security outside the chief magistrate’s court here as Tehelka employee G Vishnu and former employees Shougat Dasgupta and Ishan Tankha are set to depose on Friday. The woman journalist who has accused Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting her is reported to have confided in the trio before sending an email complaint to the then managing editor of the magazine,Shoma Chaudhury.

Chaudhury is also expected to depose in front of the magistrate on Saturday. Tejpal’s remand is set to come up for hearing on the same day.

Vishnu,Dasgupta and Tankha will have to depose individually on Friday. Their statements will be considered as circumstantial evidence,and accepted as witness statements.

Meanwhile the investigating team has sent the emails and seized gadgets to forensic experts in Hyderabad. Apart from CCTV footage,these form the most crucial technical evidence.

“It is the first admission of guilt and it has come from the email ID of the accused. The investigating team is considering that as a valuable confession statement and it will need to be digitally authenticated. Though he hasn’t deleted the exchanges,we are also trying to corroborate copies of data stored in his Blackberry… The team is also verifying the flow of calls and messages between the accused and victim to establish the allegations and level of intimidation,” said an official.

Tejpal completed his medical tests on Thursday. He is expected be taken to the “crime scene” after the statements of the witnesses are in order,said an official.

Prosecution asked is he a satyagrahi

Express News Service

Panaji,December 5

Countering Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal’s appeal for a fan on “humanitarian grounds”,the prosecution sought to know if he was a satyagrahi or booked in any civil case.

Citing the rules framed by the Bombay High Court for the jurisdiction of criminal courts,the prosecution said only these two categories of prisoners are allowed to appeal for necessities.

According to the rules,a prisoner is allowed to get food,clothing and bedding as permitted by the court,and under the provisions laid down by IG (Prisons) of the state. Tejpal’s appeal was rejected on Wednesday.

While the defence is believed to have cited “humanitarian grounds”,the prosecution asked them to prove “what made him more human than his cellmates”.

Meanwhile,Tejpal got new cellmates after four accused under the Forest Act were released and replaced with two others booked under the Narcotics Act. Two murder accused,including a Nepal national,continue to give him company.

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