Tehelka case: Goa police in Delhi to quiz Tarun Tejpal, Shoma; meet victim

Nov 23 2013, 13:53 IST
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Shoma Chaudhury said she will be meeting the police and was ready to provide all information sought by them. (IE photo: Oinam Anand) Shoma Chaudhury said she will be meeting the police and was ready to provide all information sought by them. (IE photo: Oinam Anand)
SummaryAt the Grand Hyatt, the Goa police froze the property from guests visits till they completed preliminary investigation.

A special investigation team of Goa Police on Saturday reached Delhi to quiz Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal, who has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman colleague, and its managing editor Shoma Chaudhury and will try to meet the victim.

The four-member Crime Branch team which arrived at around noon in the national capital is likely to record the statement of Chaudhury before further action, according to a senior Goa police official.

The team is led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Sammy Tavares and includes a woman.

With hotel Grand Hyatt now recorded on the crime scene in the rape FIR, the Goa police froze the property from guests visits till they completed their preliminary investigations. They have obtained the CCTV footage from the hotel. However, they confirmed that there was no CCTV in the elevator.

Earlier in the morning at the hotel gate security was briefed only to allow people who had prior booking. All such other facilities were shut. "We have been asked to tell visitors that we are shut for air conditioning maintenance," told the security guard.

DIG OP Mishra was at the hotel premises. When contacted the hotel management confirmed police visit. "We are trying to cooperate with the police. We have been asked not to allow any new visitor in the premises till further instructions," said a senior manager in-charge at the Hyatt.

At the hotel, sources confirm that the police will now recreate the crime scene and map the sequence in which the victim described she was chased between lobbies and also the details of guests including Robert de Niro.

Police are trying to collect e-mails of Tejpal in connection with the incident and the complaint of the girl to the management following which he will be questioned, the official said and did not rule out his arrest.

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

Delhi Police today said it will extend full support to the special investigation team of Goa Police.

Goa Police had yesterday filed an FIR against Tejpal under Sections 376 (rape), 376 (2) (rape by a person of a woman in his custody taking advantage of his official position) and 354 (outraging modesty) of IPC in connection with the incident that took place during an event in Goa a fortnight ago.

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