Tarun Tejpal case: Victim cross-examined by defence in Goa court

By: |
November 13, 2019 3:46 PM

District judge Shama Joshi in Mapusa town of North Goa is hearing the case against Tejpal lodged by his former woman colleague.

Tarun Tejpal case, North Goa, Tehelka magazine founder, Supreme Court, Indian Penal Code, Bombay High Court, latest news on tarun tejpalA Supreme Court bench in August asked the Goa court to complete the trial in the case, preferably within six months, and refused Tejpal’s plea to quash the First Information Report (FIR) filed against him. (Reuters photo)

The woman who lodged a sexual assault case against Tehelka magazine founder Tarun Tejpal was cross-examined by the defence counsel in a Goa court for the third consecutive day on Wednesday. The trial in the case is being held in-camera. District judge Shama Joshi in Mapusa town of North Goa is hearing the case against Tejpal lodged by his former woman colleague.

“The cross-examination in the case resumed on Monday after being adjourned on October 23. It will continue till Thursday,” public prosecutor Frasisco Tavora told reporters here. Tejpal was present during the trial, he said. The district court adjourned the trial last month after the victim was cross-examined for two days.

An in-camera hearing is conducted in private with only the judge, lawyers, accused, victim and witnesses concerned in attendance. The proceedings of such hearing are not made known to the media or members of the public. A Supreme Court bench in August asked the Goa court to complete the trial in the case, preferably within six months, and refused Tejpal’s plea to quash the First Information Report (FIR) filed against him.

Also read: Sanjay Raut walks out of hospital, says next Maharashtra CM will be from Shiv Sena

Tejpal allegedly sexually assaulted the complainant inside an elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa in 2013. He has denied the allegations levelled against him. Tejpal was arrested on November 30, 2013 by the crime branch after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court. He has been out on bail since May 2014.

In September last year, the district court framed charges against Tejpal. He was booked under various Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 350 (criminal force), 376 (rape) and 354(A) and (B) (sexually coloured remarks and use of criminal force on woman). He had earlier moved the Bombay High Court, seeking a stay on the framing of charges against him, but his petition was dismissed.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1Farm Bills: BJP considering to move privilege motion against opposition MPs for creating ruckus in Rajya Sabha
2Opposition in LS alleges failure in strategy to deal with COVID-19; BJP says Modi took all along, did well
3Farm Bills: Opposition members’ conduct in Rajya Sabha shameful, says Rajnath Singh