Goa Govt Challenges Sessions Court That Gave Tarun Tejpal’s Acquittal In HC

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The Goa government on Tuesday tested the absolution by a sessions court of Tehelka magazine editor Tarun Tejpal in the rape case in the Bombay High Court.

On May 21, a sessions court in Goa had cleared Tarun Tejpal of the charge of sexually attacking a woman inside the lift of a lavish inn in the state in 2013.

Goa Advocate General Devidas Pangam disclosed to PTI that the state government of Goa has challenged the request before the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court. He said the High Court is yet to allot the date for hearing the appeal.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had said his administration would document an appeal against Tarun Tejpal’s acquittal in the High Court as it was sure that there was proof against the columnist.

Tarun Tejpal’s acquittal

  • Tejpal’s case had been going on since 2013, an associate blamed him for sexual misconduct in the lift that year. After her claims opened up to the public, Tejpal reportedly apologized to her in an email proclamation and stepped down from his job as editor-in-chief of Tehelka.
  • That same year, he was arrested and the Supreme Court, in 2019, guided the Goa court to finish preliminary in a half year. He was being tried under various segments of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), in particular 341, 342, 354 and 354A.
  • Social media reaction to Tejpal’s verdict is wide-ranged. Many have circled the date on Tejpal’s statement, pointing out it was dated May 19, the earlier date on which his judgment was set to be pronounced.