Panaji: A district court in Goa on Thursday framed charges of rape and wrongful confinement against Tarun Tejpal, the founder of Tehelka magazine, in connection with an alleged rape case filed against him in 2013.
The trial in the case is set to begin on 21 November.
District judge Vijaya Pol framed charges against Tejpal under IPC sections 376 (punishment for rape) and 354 A (sexual harassment) and B (criminal assault with intent to disrobe a woman), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement), public prosecutor Fransisco Tavora told reporters. “The judge will now try Tejpal under these sections," he said.
The lawyer representing Tejpal pleaded before the Mapusa court in Goa to put the trial on hold as a petition challenging the framing of charges is already pending before the Bombay high court at Goa. The judge rejected the plea and allowed the framing of charges against Tejpal, who pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.
The former Tehelka editor is alleged to have sexually assaulted a former colleague inside an elevator of a five- star hotel in Goa in 2013.
Earlier this week, the Bombay high court at Goa had refused to stay the framing of charges against him, while issuing notice to the state government.
The high court had, however, restrained the district court from examining the evidence in this case.