Tarun Tejpal rape case: SC rejects plea to quash 2013 sexual assault charges
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Tarun Tejpal rape case: SC rejects plea to quash 2013 sexual assault charges

Recent developments in the Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal sexual allegations case suggest that the Supreme Court on Monday rejected the plea filed by him to quash 2013 rape charges against him.

Tarun Tejpal had petitioned the Supreme Court to set aside the rape charges against him by a trial court in Goa. However, the top court bench comprising justices Arun Mishra, MR Shah and BR Gavai rejected his request noting that the charges against the senior journalist were serious and “an assault on the privacy of the victim.”

The three judge bench also directed the Goa court to complete the trial in six months as it had been delayed.

In September 2017, a trial court in Goa charged Tehelka magazine’s founder Tarun Tejpal under Sections 376(2) (rape), 354A (sexual harassment) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). A woman colleague had accused the high profile journalist of rape and sexual harassment in a sensational case in 2013.

Tejpal’s lawyer Vikas Singh contended that the allegations levelled against the senior journalist were tailor-made and an attempt to malign his image. A bench in the Supreme Court in October last year had stayed the trial in the case.

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