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Published On: Sat, Feb 24th, 2018

Tarun Tejpal Rape case trial to begin mid-March

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tarun-tejpal-afp_650x400_51506506237PANAJI : A trial court in Mapusa, Goa, will start hearing the rape case against former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal on March 15, The Hindu reported on Saturday. The hearings will continue till March 17.
Earlier, the court was supposed to hear the case from February 26 to March 1. It was postponed after Tejpal informed the court that he has changed his lawyer, Special Public Prosecutor Francisco Tavora tolde Hindu.
Tejpal is accused of raping a junior colleague in 2013 in a hotel elevator at an annual event organised by the magazine in Goa. The trials in March will begin with the prosecution questioning the complainant. The Supreme Court on December 6, 2017, directed the trial court to keep the proceedings going and examine witnesses in the matter.
In September 2017, the trial court charged Tejpal with rape, sexual harassment and wrongful restraint. He pleaded not guilty. Earlier, in an internal email, he claimed the incident had been a “lapse of judgment”.
The court has already framed charges against Tejpal under various sections of Indian Penal Code , imncluding that of sexual harassment and provisions related to rape of his then junior female journalist colleague in a five-star hotel in North Goa in November 2013 during an annual event of the publication.Tejpal had denied all allegations.
The court recently framed charges following a direction of the Supreme Court on December 6 last to complete the trial within three months.
Tejpal was arrested on November 30, 2013 by the Goa Crime Branch after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by a trial court. He has been out on bail since 2014.(With Agency inputs).



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