Sunday, December 5, 2021

Journalist Tarun Tejpal acquitted in rape case by Goa court

A sessions court in Goa on Friday acquitted journalist Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting a former female colleague.

Tejpal, former Tehelka editor-in-chief, was accused of sexually assaulting the colleague inside the elevator of a luxury hotel in Goa in 2013.

The Goa Police had registered an FIR against Tejpal in November 2013 following which he was arrested. He has been out on bail since May 2014.

The court had earlier adjourned pronouncement of the verdict in the case on three occasions, citing various reasons. My family had to deal with catastrophic fallout of false allegations, Tejpal said after the acquittal.

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The court was to deliver the verdict on April 27, but the judge had adjourned it to May 12. On May 12, it was further adjourned to May 19 and on May 19, it was adjourned to May 21.

He faced trial under IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage modesty), 354-A (sexual harassment), 354-B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 376(2)(f) (person in a position of authority over women, committing rape) and 376(2)k) (rape by a person in a position of control).

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