Tehelka shame: Goa Police contact sexual assault victim, Tejpal seeks bail
After quizzing Tehelka employees including its managing editor Soma Chowdhury two days back in connection with sexual assault case, Goa Police has established contact with the young woman journalist who levelled a sexual assault allegation against Tehelka magazine Editor Tarun Tejpal even as he moved the Delhi High Court on Monday seeking anticipatory bail.
The woman, meanwhile, resigned from the magazine to be “free from any kind of pressure” as its employee while the National Commission for Women(NCW) sought a response from the Mumbai Police on steps it has taken for her security in the wake of her statement that she was being pressurised by Tejpal’s family to “protect” him.
Goa Deputy Inspector General of Police OP Mishra said in Panaji that the investigating officer in the case had contacted the woman but refused to divulge details, claiming police wanted to protect her privacy.
Justice GS Sistani of the Delhi High Court, before whom the bail petition was mentioned by senior advocates KTS Tulsi and Geeta Luthra, will hear the matter Tuesday.
Tejpal, in his petition, filed through advocate Sandeep Kapur, has also sought transit bail to approach the appropriate court in Goa.
Goa police had on November 22 lodged an FIR against Tejpal under IPC sections 376 (rape), 376 (2)(k) (rape by a person of a woman in his custody taking advantage of his official position) and 354 (outraging modesty) in connection with the incident.
When contacted, the woman journalist said that she has resigned from Tehelka.
Sources said she had sent her resignation to the Tehelka management two days ago as she wanted to be free from any kind of pressure as an employee of the organisation.
The woman had issued a statement on Saturday suggesting she and her family were being subjected to pressure and intimidation at an “intensely traumatic” time to “protect” Tejpal.
Disappointed over Tehelka management’s handling of the case, consulting editor Jay Mazoomdaar and Revati Laul, an assistant editor, have also have put in their papers.
There are reports that Tehelka’s Literary Editor Shougat Dasgupta also stepped down and more people are likely to resign in the next few days.
A three-member Goa police team in the last two days had quizzed Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury and three employees contacted by the victim to corroborate her version.
The woman had mentioned the names of her three colleagues, with whom she had interacted soon after the alleged assault happened at a Goa hotel lift around a fortnight ago, in her complaint and said Chaudhury could corroborate the incident from them.
(With inputs from agencies)
Niticentral Staff is a Guest Contributor at Niti Central.