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Better late than never: Tehelka on chargesheet

Tejpal said that filing of the first-ever chargesheet on Tuesday regarding the 2001 expose, was a case of better late than never.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2006 20:27 IST

Observing that the job of his team of journalists was over after the 2001 expose into fictitious defence deals, chief of the web portal

Tehelka 

Tarun Tejpal said on Tuesday that the filing of the first-ever chargesheet in the matter was a case of better late than never.

"Our job as journalists got over long ago when we broke the story and we should not have been dragged into it after that," Tejpal saidin New Delhi reacting to the news of CBI filing a chargesheet against former BJP President Bangaru Lakshman for allegedly taking bribe in a weapons deal.

"After that the other institutions should have kicked in. That it is happening now is just as well," Tejpal said.

He refused to make any further comments on the case, saying he needed to see the chargesheet first.

After the expose, Tehelka had favoured a CBI probe into the alleged corruption in the government but the BJP-led NDA government instead appointed Justice Venkataswami Commission and later Justice Phukan Commission to go into the allegations.

The Congress-led UPA government, however, refused to grant any extension to the Phukan Commission after its term expired in October, 2004 and the case was entrusted to the CBI, which registered nine cases against politicians and defence officials.