Tarun Tejpal lashes out at media, questions FIR

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 30 2013, 03:45am hrs
Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexual assault of a woman colleague, today questioned the legitimacy of the FIR and subsequent probe in the case and lashed out at the media accusing it of "screaming and shouting" all the time - he faces a rape charge after laws were updated as a result of the horror of the December 16 Delhi gangrape.

"... There is no complaint officially. An internal mail from the office decides a suo motu FIR" he told a news channel here at the airport.

Indicating a political conspiracy in the entire episode, Tarun Tejpal said, "It is being monitored on an hour-to-hour basis by some people in Delhi."

The former Tehelka Editor, who has been under sharp criticism from various quarters ever since the incident came to light around a week ago, said, "... And the media is just screaming and shouting all the time."

When the reporter, who shot the conversation in the airport's lounge on a hidden camera, asked him about his views, Tarun Tejpal said, "My views are pretty clear, there are many issues embedded here..."

Tarun Tejpal left Delhi by a 2.30 PM flight, accompanied by his wife Geetan Batra, other family members and lawyers. He landed in Panaji around 5 PM where district and sessions judge Anuja Prabhudesai gave him the reprieve till tomorrow morning.