A three-judge bench in Former Tehelka editor-in chief Tarun Tejpal petition seeking dismissal of charges against him in a sexual assault case put on hold as it reserved it’s order in the Matter.
The bench consisting of Justice M.R . Shah and BR Gavai headed by Justice Arup Mishra took up the issue as Tejpal moved the court to challenge the charges leveled against him by the trial court in Goa.
In september 2007 Tejpal was booked under sections 376(2) (rape), 354 A (sexual harassment) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) following his arrest in November 2013 after a female junior colleague of Tejpal had accused him of sexually assaulting her inside a lift at a five-star hotel in Goa during an event in 2013 triggering massive public outrage.
Tejpal’s counsel and senior lawyer Vikas Singh cited the CCTV footage of the hotel lobby and argued that it was the complainant who could be seen running after him and that she was the one who started everything.
Tejpal’s lawyer further said that the allegations of rape against the senior journalist were false and without any basis. However the court although reserved it’s order questioned Tejpal why he apologized to his former colleague via a letter of apology if he claims that the sexual assault charges were not true.