A periods court docket on Tuesday acquitted former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal from all expenses in a sexual harassment case.
Concluding the case, the District and Sessions Court at Mapusa in North Goa acquitted Tejpal, who was charged with breach of part 341 (wrongful detention), 342 (wrongful imprisonment), 354 (modesty) of the IPC. Assault or felony power), dealing with expenses underneath 354A. Sexual harassment), 354B (assault on a girl with intent to commit assault or use of felony power), 376 (2) (f) (raping an individual able of authority over girls) and 376 (2) (ok) (rape) Person in a state of management).
Tejpal was accused of sexually assaulting a girl inside an elevator of a five-star resort in Goa throughout an occasion in November 2013. Tejpal, who was arrested on November 30, 2013, was later launched on bail and has since been dealing with expenses. Then.
Reading an announcement on behalf of Tejpal, his daughter Kara stated: “In November 2013, I (Tejpal) was falsely accused of sexual harassment by a colleague. Today, Hon’ble decrease court docket of Additional Sessions Judge Kshama Joshi has respectfully acquitted me in Goa. At a really dangerous age, the place odd braveness has develop into uncommon, I thank him for standing with the reality. “
It is believed that the Goa authorities can problem this resolution within the High Court.
During the trial, the prosecution examined 71 witnesses and examined 5 protection witnesses. The prosecution’s case primarily relied on the sufferer’s assertion, statements of a few of her colleagues and digital proof together with e-mails and WhatsApp messages.
In February 2014, the Goa Police Crime Branch filed a 2,846-page cost sheet towards Tejpal, which was divided into 12 sections, and included statements of 152 witnesses.
The examination of the sufferer, the primary prosecution witness, was performed within the court docket in March 2018 by the prosecution. The trial resumed in October 2019 after Tejpal dismissed the fees within the Bombay High Court after which the Supreme Court. Arguments towards him, each of which had been turned down.
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS