The high profile case of rape charge against former Tehelka editor-in-chief has shot once again into limelight. A trial court in Goa on Thursday formally framed the charge of rape against former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal in connection with an alleged rape and sexual abuse case filed against him in November, 2013.
He was charged under sections 376(2) (rape), 354 A (sexual harassment) and B (criminal force with intent to disrobe), 341 (wrongful restraint) 342 (wrongful confinement), to which he has pleaded not guilty.
The next hearing is scheduled for November 21.
Tejpal’s counsel Rajiv Gomes expressed disappointment at Judge Vijaya Pol’s order, saying the defence had hopes that with their appeal pending before it, the Bombay High Court at Goa would reverse the lower court’s order.
On Thursday afternoon, North Goa’s Additional District and Sessions Court finalised the charges against him. He pleaded before the District and Sessions judge to not frame charges against Tejpal in view of an appeal petition filed by counsel of the accused before the High Court last week. The court did not heed to the plea.
“When the High Court has not imposed a stay on framing of charges why should I impose a stay on myself,” Judge Pol said. She scheduled the next hearing for November 21 when a status of the High Court petition would be presented before her.