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Tejpal creating trouble by not cooperating: NCW

india Updated: Nov 29, 2013 12:53 IST
Tehelka scam

National Commission for Women (NCW) member Shamina Shafiq on Friday said Tehelka's former editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal is creating problem for himself by not cooperating with the Goa police in the sexual assault case.

Responding to reports that Tejpal maybe absconding, Shafiq said, "It is too early to come to any conclusion. I think he (Tejpal) should cooperate with the agencies. And if he is not doing so, then he is creating more trouble for himself. He had said that he will cooperate with police and if he is not doing this, then this is something he needs to ponder upon."

"As far Shoma Chaudhury is concerned, there are certain issues that needs to be answered. There were certain lapses with Tehelka, which were not acceptable, and for that she has apologized. She has already constituted a committee in Tehelka. This is what she told us and gave us in writing," Shafiq said on Shoma Choudhary, who resigned as the Managing Editor of the Tehelka magazine.

"Now we will follow up with the victim and would like to know her side of the story, which is most important. We are in touch with the Goa police and keeping a track with everything. It is important that the girl gets justice," she added.

Earlier, a team of the Goa police raided Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal's house in Delhi in an attempt to arrest him but returned empty handed after finding that he was not there.

Tejpal, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a young colleague in Goa earlier his month, had reportedly sent a letter to the crime branch of the Goa Police seeking permission to appear before them on Saturday.

The Goa Police had on November 22 lodged an FIR against Tejpal under IPC sections 376 (rape), 376 (2)(K) (rape by a person of a woman in his custody taking advantage of his official position) and 354 (outraging modesty). Conviction under section 376 of IPC entails a maximum of life term in jail.