Tarun Tejpal's Tehelka ME Shoma Chaudhary grilled by Goa police over sexual assault allegations, arrest on cards

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 24 2013, 02:59am hrs
Tarun TejpalA policeman at the residence of Tarun Tejpal who has been accused by a woman journalist colleague of sexual assault. PTI
A special investigation team of Goa Police today questioned Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhary and two-three other employees of the magazine and recorded their statements in connection with the charge against its editor Tarun Tejpal of attempt to rape a woman colleague.

Sources said a 3-member team of Goa police, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Sammy Tavares, went to the magazine's office in posh South Delhi locality of Greater Kailash Part II at around 4.45 pm and questioned Shoma Chaudhary and two-three other employees of Tehelka.

Later, the team, which also includes Sunita Sawant who is the Investigating Officer in the case, also recorded the statements of Chaudhary and the other Tehelka employees questioned, they said.

A team of Delhi Police, including Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav, was also present at the Tehelka office at the time of the questioning to provide logistic support to the Goa police.

The Goa Police Crime Branch team, which arrived here at around noon, is trying to collect e-mails of Tarun Tejpal in connection with the incident and the complaint of the girl to the magazine's management, following which the editor is likely to be questioned, a police official said and did not rule out his arrest.

A first information report has been filed against Tejpal booking him on rape and other charges.

In Panaji, Goa Police DIG O P Mishra said they have been told that there are no CCTV cameras in the elevator of the hotel where the woman journalist of Tehelka magazine was allegedly sexually assaulted by Tarun Tejpal.

"The hotel authorities have told us that they have no specific cameras in the elevator. We are getting a detailed layout of cameras (from other areas) from the hotel and make a detailed analysis," Mishra told reporters.

He said CCTV footage has been received from the hotel but could not be immediately examined because of technical and other logistics for analysing and they were trying to get in touch with agencies for the purpose.

The DIG said the police have communicated to Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chowdhary asking for the detailed documents from her.

Police will also be trying to meet the victim and get a statement from her, the official said.