The Hush Post / 12:00 / 1-min-read
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea filed by Tehelka magazine founder Tarun Tejpal seeking quashing of charges framed against him in an alleged sexual assault case lodged by a former woman colleague.
Terming the offence “morally abhorrent” and an “assault on the privacy of the victim”, the bench directed the Sessions Court to complete trial within six months.
The bench of Justices Arun Mishra, M R Shah and B R Gavai refused to interfere with the judgment of the the Goa bench of Bombay High Court that had upheld the decision of the Goa sessions court framing charges of rape against him.
According to the FIR, a journalist colleague of Tejpal was raped by him on November 7, 2013, inside an elevator in a Hotel Grand Hyatt, Goa, during a Tehelka ‘Think’ festival in Goa.
He has denied the allegations levelled against him.
Tejpal was arrested on November 30, 2013 by the crime branch after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court. He has been out on bail since May 2014.