The Delhi Police were planning to lodge an FIR against Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal after the female journalist’s friends and family members informally approached senior officials for help, sources said.
But with nobody coming forward to pursue the matter later, a formal complaint could not be filed, the police said.
In a press statement, the complainant had alleged that someone from Tejpal’s family had even met the female journalist’s mother at her house and allegedly mounted pressure on her to “protect Tejpal”, sources in Delhi police said.
“Initially, we had planned to file the case on our own on the basis of a daily dairy (DD) entry. But later we learnt that the woman’s family lives in Noida and not in Delhi. Despite that, we contacted her mother and other people close to the family and asked them to give us a written complaint. They, however, chose not to pursue the matter further,” said the senior Delhi police officer.According to the officer, since the house of the victim’s mother falls under the territorial jurisdiction of Noida Police, the Delhi Police informed their counterparts about the matter.
A Noida police team also approached the family and asked them to lodge a formal complaint. But the family did not comply, the officer added.
On Saturday, the female journalist through a press statement alleged that on the night of November 22, a member of Tejpal’s immediate family went to her mother’s house and asked her to protect Tejpal.
“The visitor demanded to know who I was seeking legal help from and what I ‘wanted’ as the result of my complaint,” the woman said in the press statement. “This visit has placed tremendous emotional pressure on my family and me at an intensely traumatic time. I fear this may be the beginning of… further intimidation and harassment,” she said. “I call upon all persons connected to Mr Tejpal and his associates to refrain from approaching me or my family members.”
Later, a journalist with an English daily, who is the victim’s friend, and her family contacted top Delhi police officers and requested them to intervene in the matter.