Tehelka's founder-editor Tarun Tejpal has made headlines for all the wrong reasons this time.
“A bad lapse of judgment, an awful misreading of the situation, have led to an unfortunate incident…” he wrote in the email to Tehelka's managing editor Shoma Chaudhury after being accused of
sexually assaulting a junior colleague.
Here is how the Tehelka unfolded:
November 7, 2013
Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal allegedly sexually assaults a junior woman colleague inside the lift of a five-star hotel during the magazine’s THiNK 2013 festival in Goa.
November 8, 2013
Tejpal allegedly sexually assaults the same woman colleague inside the hotel lift again.
November 18, 2013
The young journalist writes an email to managing editor Shoma Chaudhury detailing the alleged sexual assault. Demands inquiry according to the guidelines laid down in the Supreme Court’s Vishakha judgment and an apology from Tejpal.
File photo of Tarun Tejpal.
November 20, 2013
Tejpal sends an email to Chaudhury, admitting there had been a “bad lapse of judgment” and an “awful misreading of the situation”. Says he is going to “recuse” himself from the magazine’s editorship for six months as “penance” for his “misconduct”.
Chaudhury forwards Tejpal’s email to Tehelka staff, adds a short note saying the magazine had responded to the “untoward incident” with the “right thought and action.”
Tejpal’s email and Chaudhury’s forwarded version are leaked and posted on a file-sharing website. News spreads on social media websites.
The young journalist’s email with the details of the alleged sexual assault is leaked and begins to circulate.
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November 21, 2013
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar says an inquiry will be conducted into the incident by Goa Police.
National Commission for Women (NCW) also writes to Goa Police to take action.
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ABVP activists shout slogans as they protest against Tarun Tejpal outside Tehelka's office in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
November 22, 2013
Goa Police issues a statement that a formal FIR has been lodged based on the NCW’s complaint.
Emails exchanged between Tejpal and the young woman on November 19, wherein he admits attempting a “sexual liaison” with her twice despite her “clear reluctance”, emerge.
In response to Tejpal’s email, the young journalist writes to Chaudhury on November 21, saying he tried to “sexually molest” her and violate her “integrity”.
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In interviews to TV news channels, Chaudhury claims she heard a different version from Tejpal, who said the encounter was “consensual.” She also told a newspaper she would not go to police, as it was up to the young journalist to file a formal complaint.
Tejpal issues a statement saying he would cooperate with police, and had only stepped down after an unconditional apology due to Chaudhury’s insistence, even though he was not at fault.
BJP issues a statement demanding action against Tejpal.
November 23, 2013
A Goa Police team arrives in Delhi to question Tejpal. Get statements from his colleagues in Goa, and confiscate computers and servers for an investigation.
MORE: No CCTV footage from hotel elevator where the alleged assault took place
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