A file photo of Tarun Tejpal. Photo: Hindustan Times
A file photo of Tarun Tejpal. Photo: Hindustan Times

Tarun Tejpal’s bail plea: court begins in-camera proceedings

Single bench agreed to in-camera hearing on Tarun Tejpal's bail plea after lawyers said a lot has been discussed about the case already

Panaji: The Bombay high court on Tuesday began in-camera hearing on the bail petition of Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a woman colleague in a lift of a star hotel here.

The single bench of justice U. V. Bakre agreed to the in-camera hearing of the case after both prosecution and defence lawyers unanimously opined that a lot has been discussed about the case by the media already. The court took up the case around 10.30am and began the hearing in-camera.

50-year-old Tejpal is behind bars for allegedly raping a junior woman colleague during Tehelka’s Thinkfest in Goa in November last year. He sought bail after the Goa crime branch filed a charge sheet against Tejpal for rape, outraging modesty and sexual harassment of the woman journalist. On 18 February, the Goa bench, refusing to give any immediate relief to Tejpal, had posted the matter for Tuesday and asked the prosecution to table the copy of the charge sheet filed against him. Tejpal is presently lodged at the Sada sub-jail in Vasco.

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