Published On: Thu, Mar 15th, 2018

Tarun Tejpal case: In-camera trial begins in Goa court

Panaji: The in-camera trial into the allegations of rape involving former editor-in-chief of Tehelka Tarun Tejpal got underway in a Goa court on Thursday, with the court recording the statement of the victim.

Tejpal was arrested and remained in police and judicial custody for nearly a year

While the media has been barred from entering the courtroom, a lawyer associated with the case said, that Additional District and Sessions Court judge Vijaya Pol had begun recording the statement of the victim.

Before entering the courtroom located in a judicial complex in Mapusa, a short distance from Panaji, Tejpal briefly told reporters that the “truth will come out soon”.

In 2013, when he was editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, Tejpal was accused of rape by a female colleague, who in her complaint to the police alleged that she was raped by the journalist in the elevator of a five-star resort in Goa where the magazine was hosting an international conclave.

Following the registration of FIR, Tejpal was arrested and remained in police and judicial custody for nearly a year, before being released on bail.

Tejpal subsequently resigned as the magazine’s head.

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