A Goa court has acquitted journalist Tarun Tejpal from all charges of sexual exploitation and rape. The former editor-in-chief of ‘Tehelka’ magazine was accused of sexual exploitation in 2013 by one of his female companions. In this way, after 8 years, Tarun Tejpal is acquitted of these allegations. The Additional District and Sessions Court ruled on Friday (May 21, 2021). Tarun Tejpal was also arrested in this case.
However, he later managed to grant bail as well. It was alleged that he sexually assaulted his female colleague in the lift during an event. According to the victim, the incident took place at the Five Star Hotel in Goa. Justice Kshama Joshi heard the final arguments in the case on 8 March and the verdict was to be pronounced on Wednesday (May 19, 2021). However, the verdict date was postponed by 2 days.
Earlier too, the date of the decision was deferred many times. It was reported that there was a shortage of staff in the court due to the corona epidemic. It is also worth noting that the statement issued by Tarun Tejpal and his family after he was found innocent, has the date of March 19, 2021 printed in print, which has been cut to March 21, 2021. People have to ask how Tarun Tejpal was so sure about the decision?
However, these typing may also be mismatched. In his statement, Tarun Tejpal has paid tribute to his lawyer Rajiv Gomes, who died last week due to Corona. He wrote that Rajiv fought a long battle for his life and reputation, who always used to say that he does not work for money. He thanked Justice Kshama Joshi for ‘standing with the truth’.
Tarun Tejpal has said that he and his family need privacy at this time, so they will not issue any further statement. But, he said that when the right time comes, he will issue his statement with full details. Tarun Tejpal has been out on bail since May 2014. In February 2014, the Goa Police filed a charge sheet of 2846 pages against him. The FIR of this case was registered only in November 2013.
Journalist Tarun Tejpal on IPC sections 342 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful imprisonment), 354 (assault with intent to breach dignity or using criminal force), 354-A (sexual harassment), 376 (2) (rape by a person holding a position of authority over the woman) and 376 (2) (k) (rape by a person in a position of control) According to The case was prosecuted.