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Tehelka case: 3 journalists record statements

india Updated: Dec 06, 2013 22:13 IST
Bhavya Dore
Bhavya Dore
Hindustan Times
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A magistrate on Friday heard the statements of the three Tehelka journalists who were the first to be informed by their woman colleague that magazine’s founder Tarun Tejpal had sexually assaulted her last month.

Tejpal, who has been arrested on charges of rape, is being questioned by Goa police currently.

The Goa police had earlier recorded the statements of these journalists in Delhi almost two weeks ago.

At the time they had confirmed the sequence of events the survivor had narrated in her complaint to former managing editor Shoma Chaudhury.

The police will produce Tejpal before a judicial magistrate on Saturday, when his six-day remand ends.

They are expected to seek more time from the court for further custodial interrogation. The police can ask for eight days more of custody, with a total of 14 days allowed as the maximum.

Tejpal’s lawyer Sandeep Kapoor said he will oppose an extension in police remand.

As far as applying for bail is concerned, Tejpal’s lawyers have said it will depend on the outcome of the hearing on Saturday.

The Goa police have also spoken to members of Tejpal's family. The accuser had confided in Tejpal's daughter after the alleged incident took place, she had told Shoma Chaudhury in her emailed complaint.

“The police are recording the statements of a lot of people, so I will not be able to pinpoint exactly who the police are peaking to,” said one of Tejpal’s lawyers.

In the meantime, Tejpal was taken for more tests on Friday, as part of routine procedure where the accused has to be taken for medical tests every 48 hours.

A lawyer from Allahabad in the meantime arrived in Goa on Friday and sought permission from the magistrate’s court here to meet Tejpal, speak to him and hand over some books to him.

He claims Tejpal has been wrongly accused and he tried to meet him at the Crime Branch office on Friday evening, to offer his legal counsel.