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Goa police file FIR against Tejpal

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Tejpal's anticipatory bail plea hearing at 3.30 p.m.
Tejpal's anticipatory bail plea hearing at 3.30 p.m.

Goa Police on Friday filed an FIR against Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal, who has been accused by a woman journalist colleague of sexual assault during an event in Panaji about 10 days ago.

Deputy Inspector General of Police O.P. Mishra said the FIR has been filed while DGP Kishan Kumar said the crime branch could send a team of officials to Delhi for further investigation.

“We will go through all the details. We will press rape charges against him, if the complaint of the girl is substantiated,” Mr. Mishra said.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had ordered a preliminary inquiry into the allegations by the girl that she was sexually abused by Mr. Tejpal during an event in Goa.

The alleged incident happened in a lift in a five star hotel in Goa about 10 days ago.

The DIG said the CCTV footage was received from the hotel last evening and was preserved. The details of the incident can only be known after examining the footage, he said.

Police have already written to the Tehelka management, asking for the documents including email of the victim and the statement by Mr. Tejpal.

Mr. Parrikar had said on Thursday that the police were trying to reach to the girl and record her statement.

“We will fully backup the girl if she files the complaint,” the chief minister had said.

He had also expressed the possibility of summoning Mr. Tejpal after the preliminary inquiry is over.

After the email by the woman journalist of his magazine alleging sexual assault was made public, Mr. Tejpal had announced on Wednesday night that he was “recusing” from his job for six months.

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