HC Dismisses Tejpal’s Plea Seeking Quashing of Rape, Other Charges
The High Court of Bombay at Goa on 20 December dismissed a petition filed by Tehelka's former editor- in-chief Tarun Tejpal seeking the quashing of rape and other charges levelled against him by a former woman colleague.
Justice Nutan Sardesai dismissed the petition filed by Tejpal, who is accused of raping the woman during an event in Goa in 2013.
The detailed order is expected to be pronounced later in the day.
The district court in Mapusa town had earlier framed charges against Tejpal under IPC sections 354-A (sexual harassment), 376 (rape) and 376(2)(k) (rape of a woman by a person being in a position of control or dominance over the woman), and initiated a trial last month.
The crime branch later added to the case IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement), 376 (2) (f) (person in position of trust or authority over women, committing rape of such women), 376 C (sexual intercourse by person in authority) and 354 (assault or criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty).
Senior lawyer Aman Lekhi, who argued on behalf of Tejpal in the HC on 12 December, had then presented before it CCTV footage of the area outside the lift of a five-star hotel, where he is alleged to have sexually assaulted the woman.
Public prosecutor Saresh Lotlikar earlier said the trial court (district court) had come to the conclusion that a "primary case" had been made out as charges had been framed.
He said the charges against the accused should not be dismissed without a trial in the case.