Trial In Rape Case Against Tehelka Founder Tarun Tejpal Pushed To 21 October As He Fails To Appear Before Goa Court

Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Additional District and Sessions court in Goa's Mapusa adjourned the rape trial against Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal to 21 October, after the victim could not attend the hearing on Monday (7 October).

Special public prosecutor Francisco Tavora told reporters that the Court had set 21, 22, 23 October as the dates for the trial during which the victim would be cross-examined by the Tejpal's defence team.

The trial which began in September 2017 was delayed, after Tejpal appealed to the Supreme Court pleading quashing of the charges framed against him, by the Court.

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The apex court, while disposing his plea in August this year, had directed the lower court to complete the trial within six months.

Tejpal is charged with several sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for sexually assaulting the junior colleague inside a lift of a resort hotel in Goa during the Tehelka magazine's event in November 2013.

Tejpal has been booked under sections 376 (rape), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement) 354A (sexual harassment) and 354B (criminal assault), of the IPC.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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