Tarun Tejpal case: Goa court to frame rape charges



AS per Adv. Pramod Dubey, charges against Tejpal might be dropped if there is no evidence. The sessions court said that it would frame charges against the editor on 28 September. Final charges are 354 (A), 354(B), 341, 342, 376(2)F, 376(2)K of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The sessions court had previously accepted Tejpal’s request to hold the rape proceedings against him in camera. The request was made under CrPC Section 327(2).

Tejpal has been accused of raping a Tehelka employee in 2013, when he was the editor-in-chief. On 17 January, 2015, the Supreme Court had stayed the trial against Tejpal in connection with his alleged role in a sexual assault case for a period of three weeks.

On 15 January, 2015, the Supreme Court acceded to the request of the Goa lower court judge seeking more time to wrap up the trial in the sexual assault case involving Tejpal as an accused.

A bench comprising Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra took note of the letter from the trial judge. The Supreme Court ordered the proceedings to be concluded within a year.

Tejpal was arrested in Goa after a woman colleague accused him of sexually assaulting her in a hotel in November 2013, as reported by IANS. On 1 July, 2014, the apex court bench of Justice HL Dattu and Justice SA Bobde granted bail to Tejpal.

The Supreme Court also gave liberty to the Goa government to approach the apex court in case of any attempt by Tejpal to infringe the witnesses.

On 18 February, 2014, Tejpal was charged with rape, sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of his colleague, as per the FIR.

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