On Thursday, the Goa court framed and explained the charges on Tarun Tejpal. The former editor of Tehelka magazine was accused of sexually assaulting a colleague almost 4 years ago. The charges framed by the court were of rape, sexual harrasement and wrongful restraint. The next hearing date in Traun Tejpal case is November 21.
Speaking to reporters, Public Prosecutor Francisco Taviera said that the charges have been framed against Tarun Tejpal. Tejpal has pleaded guilty to charges under sections 341, 342, 354 A&B and 376 sub sections 2, Francisco added.
Earlier, the Bombay court had rejected Tarun Tejpal’s petition to defer the framing of charges for a month along this the court also denied him exemption from appearing in person for court proceedings.
Pleading not guilty, Tarun Tejpal said that all the allegations against him are ‘false’. He had also appealed the court to drop the case against him.
The FIR in the case was filed on November 22, resulting in Tejpal’s arrest on November 30, 2013
After the matter got escalated, the Goa police began its investigation and found the CCTV footage supporting the allegations leveled by the victim against tarn Tejpal.
Commenting on the matter, the investigating police officials said that a 2,684-page chargesheet was filed before the Goa fast-track court.
The police further added that Tarun Tejpal assaulted the woman twice and that there is enough evidence to prove charges of rape, sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of a woman.
Meanwhile, Tarun Tejpal had termed the whole incident as ‘political vendetta’. Tarun claimed that the matter was being pulled up because he had criticized the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The former editor-in-chief of Tehalka magazine was accused of sexually assaulting a woman colleague inside a lift of a five-star hotel in Goa during ThinkFest conference organised by his publication.