Journalist Tarun Tejpal Charged With Raping Junior Colleague: 10 Points

Panaji:  Charges were framed today in a Goa court against journalist Tarun Tejpal, who is accused of raping a junior colleague four years ago. Mr Tejpal, who was present in court, has been charged with rape, sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of a woman. The court rejected Mr Tejpal's petition to defer framing of charges by a month and also denied him exemption from appearing in person for court proceedings. The former editor of Tehelka magazine has said the allegations against him are "absolutely false" and motivated by "political vendetta" and has appealed in the Bombay High Court that the case be dropped.

 

 

Here is your 10-point cheat-sheet to this story:
 
  1. The Bombay High Court said earlier this week that it will hear Mr Tejpal's petition on November 1, but had refused to stall the framing of charges. It has said that the recording of evidence, which marks the beginning of the trial, should be deferred.

 

 

 

  1. The trial court in Goa's Mapusa has asked for status report on proceedings in the High Court on November 21.

 

 

 

  1. A woman journalist who worked with Tarun Tejpal in Tehelka had in November 2013 accused the magazine's founder-editor of sexually assaulting her during an event in Goa. The young woman said Mr Tejpal, 50, had assaulted her inside an elevator of a five-star hotel during the ThinkFest conference organised by Tehelka.

 

 

 

  1. The woman had complained to her seniors at Tehelka and a series of leaked emails between her, Mr Tejpal and the magazine's then Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhary, were published by media. Based on the media reports, the Goa police began an investigation.

 

 

 

  1. The woman quit her job later that month. Tarun Tejpal stepped down as Tehelka Editor soon after, saying he was "recusing" himself for six months. He was arrested on November 30, 2013.

 

 

 

  1. The police have said that CCTV footage from the hotel corroborates the woman's allegations against Mr Tejpal.

 

 

 

  1. In a 2,684-page chargesheet filed before the Goa fast-track court, the police said that Tarun Tejpal assaulted the woman twice and that there is enough evidence to prove the charges against Mr Tejpal.

 

 

 

  1. Tarun Tejpal has denied all charges and has told judges that false allegations have been made against him as part of "political vendetta" by the BJP government in Goa because of his criticism of the party.

 

 

 

  1. He moved the Bombay High Court after the district court in Goa's Mapusa refused to drop charges against him.

 

 

 

 

  1. Tarun Tejpal was lodged at the Sada sub-jail of Goa's Vasco for six months before the Supreme Court granted him bail in July 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

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