Tehelka’s founder editor Tarun Tejpal has moved the Supreme Court seeking to stay a Goa court order to go ahead with the trial in the alleged rape of a junior colleague without supplying him “entire records of the case.” The SC is likely to take up Tejpal’s petition on Friday.
The 50-year-old, who is out on bail since May 19, 2014 after being arrested on November 30, 2013, was in February last year charged by the crime branch for allegedly sexually assaulting and raping his female employee within a lift in a five star hotel in south Goa. The Goa court on December 23 last year, decided to go ahead with trial proceedings in view of an SC order to complete the trial in eight months.
“…the material provided to the Court and the accused are sufficient to hear arguments before charge... At this stage, the Court has only to see whether there is sufficient, prima facie, grounds for proceeding against the accused (Tejpal),” the Goa court had said.
Advocate Sandeep Kapur of Karanjawala & Co which is representing Tejpal said their client is “entitled to entire documents and materials that forms ‘record of the case’ to establish a case for his discharge.”