Goa Session Court on Thursday said that the next hearing in case of rape accused Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal will take place on September 28 for the charges to be framed.
Goa Session Court on Thursday said that the next hearing in case of rape accused Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal will take place on September 28 for the charges to be framed. The former editor, who has been accused of raping his employee, appeared before a Sessions Court in north Goa’s Mapusa town today for an in-camera trial. Speaking to ANI, Tejpal’s lawyer Pramod Dubey said, “Final charges are 354 (A), 354 (B), 341, 342, 376 (2) F, 376(2)K. 376 is not there.” Earlier Tejpal had requested the session court to conduct the rape case proceedings against him in-camera. Agreeing to his plea, the session court, under CrPr Section 327 (2) had sometime back granted his request. Tejpal lawyers had even sought to bar the media from covering the trial, filing an application under Section 327(3) of the CrPC (which allows for in-camera trial of rape cases). The court had granted the same on 16 June 2017.
Tejpal, the then Tehelka editor, has been accused of raping a woman journalist during an event in Goa in 2013. According to PTI, Goa crime branch had filed charge sheet in the case in 2014. Tejpal then was charged under Indian Penal Court (IPC) sections 354-A (sexual harassment), 341 and 342 (wrongful restraint) and 376 (rape).
According to Indian Express, the prosecution has put forward its case which is backed by the victim’s statement, colleagues’ statement, some digital evidence and even a letter of apology by Tejpal. However, Tejpal’s lawyer told the court that the defence had enough proof to quash the allegations.
In January 2015, the Supreme Court had stayed the trial against Tejpal for a period of three weeks, according to ANI. The SC bench had asked Tejpal to refrain from delaying the trial in the future.