Verdict In Rape Case Against Journalist Tarun Tejpal On April 27: Report

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Tarun Tejpal, former Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka magazine, is accused of raping his journalist colleague

Panaji:

A sessions court in Goa will on April 27 pronounce its verdict in the 2013 rape case registered against Tarun Tejpal, former Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka magazine, a police officer said today.

Tarun Tejpal is accused of raping his journalist colleague inside an elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa in 2013 during an event organised by the magazine.

Additional district and sessions court judge Kshama Joshi heard final arguments in the Tarun Tejpal case on March 8 and fixed the matter for judgment to a later date.

Investigating Officer Sunita Sawant told news agency Press Trust of India that the court fixed the date of verdict on April 27.

Tarun Tejpal faces charges under sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage modesty), 354A (sexual harassment), 354B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 376 (2)(f) (person in position of authority over women, committing rape) and 376(2)(k) (rape by person in position of control) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The arguments in the matter were held in-camera by the North Goa district and sessions court in Mapusa town during which 71 prosecution witnesses and five defence witnesses were examined.

The Goa crime branch had filed a 2,846 pages chargesheet against Tarun Tejpal in February, 2014.

After the case was booked against him, Tarun Tejpal denied the allegations saying they were part of a "political vendetta" by the BJP government in Goa.
 

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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