Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal was remanded to four more days of police custody, with the prosecution arguing that several witnesses’ statements had still to be cross-verified and that a refusal of further remand would “hamper investigation”. The police had sought eight days more of custody, the maximum possible allowed, but first class judicial magistrate Kshama Joshi granted police custody only until December 11.
“Several aspects of the matter will have to be confirmed and correlated,” said special public prosecutor Saresh Lotlikar, adding that some statements were still being recorded and would have to be verified against Tejpal’s versions.
The prosecution’s earlier plea for remand had been based on the grounds of recording statements, recovering various items from the accused and recording Tejpal’s statement as well as conducting medical tests.
The defence had argued that the police had nothing left to do having already recorded Tejpal’s statements and seized his cellphone, SIM card, CPU, clothes, and other items.
“He has been thoroughly interrogated by the officers of the crime branch of different levels and several statements have been recorded to the satisfaction of the police,” said Sandeep Kapoor, Tejpal’s counsel. “The accused has been examined thoroughly. Forensic, medical and topical examinations have been done to the satisfaction of the police… The client has been questioned for two to three hours a day.”
Tejpal looked jovial on Saturday, chatting with family and friends during the hour-long wait for the order. He also patted the constable who escorted him when the order for his remand extension was finally pronounced.