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Tejpal questions legitimacy of FIR

PTI  New Delhi, November 30, 2013
First Published: 01:25 IST(30/11/2013) | Last Updated: 01:27 IST(30/11/2013)

Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexual assault of a woman colleague, on Friday questioned the legitimacy of the FIR and subsequent probe in the case and lashed out at the media accusing it of "screaming and shouting" all the time.

"... There is no complaint officially. An internal mail from the office decides a suo motu FIR?" he told a news channel here at the airport.

Indicating a political conspiracy in the entire episode, Tejpal said, "It is being monitored on an hour-to-hour basis by some people in Delhi."

The former Tehelka Editor, who has been under sharp criticism from various quarters ever since the incident came to light around a week ago, said, "... And the media is just screaming and shouting all the time."

When the reporter, who shot the conversation in the airport's lounge on a hidden camera, asked him about his views, Tejpal said, "My views are pretty clear, there are many issues embedded here..."

Tejpal left Delhi by a 2.30 PM flight, accompanied by his wife Geetan Batra, other family members and lawyers. He landed in Panaji around 5pm where district and sessions judge Anuja Prabhudesai gave him the reprieve till Saturday morning.

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