Goa court nod for in-camera trial in rape case against Tarun Tejpal

A sessions court in Mapusa on Friday accepted former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal’s request, made under CrPC Section 327(2), to hold the assault procedures against him in-camera. Tejpal’s advice Pramod Kumar Dubey moved the application not long after the court of Judge Vijaya Pol took up the issue toward the evening.

Tejpal, blamed for assault by a then lady partner amid an occasion facilitated by the magazine in Goa in November 2013, was on Friday joined by seven relatives, including his better half and sibling Minty Tejpal. He was reserved under IPC Sections 376, 376(2)(f) and 376(2) (k). Goa Police’s Crime Branch introduced the chargesheet on February 17, 2014.

While the arrangement has advanced its case — sponsored by the casualty’s announcement, explanations of associates, and computerized proof, including a letter of expression of remorse by Tejpal — Public Prosecutor Francisco Tavora said the guard group will show their contentions on Friday and Saturday. The court will outline charges subsequently.

Appearing for Tejpal, advocate Rajiv Gomes had, in April, told the court that the safeguard had “adequate information” to subdue the allegations. Back at that point, Tavora had said that the resistance group had at first asked for film of all CCTV cameras from the Goa inn where the claimed wrongdoing occurred. “The recording… was given to them,” Tavora had said in April outside the court premises.

Guard legal counselors had looked for “clone duplicates” of the SIM card and telephone memory of the casualty’s telephone to gather messages sent and got, as likewise “erased”. While the scientific confirmation were given in delicate and printed versions, Tejpal’s advice told the court that they required “clone copies”.The clone duplicate of the material was given over to the guard legal counselors in March this year, Tavora said. Sources aware of points of interest of the two duplicates said the material proof continues as before.

Sources: Indian Express, Outlook

Tarun Tejpal’s bail granted by Supreme Court

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New Delhi: Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal granted bail by Supreme Court in sexual assault case on Tuesday. He had spent six months in jail after he was accused on charges of raping and sexually assaulting a junior women colleague in Goa.
Tejpal got the bail by the apex court bench of Justice HL Dattu and Justice SA Bodbe, on the condition that he will not tamper with evidence or try to influence witness. He has told the court that he will be present at the time of trial.
The 50 year old Journalist applied for interim bail but last Friday the Supreme Court extended till July 1. The apex court granted him interim bail for three weeks to attend his mother’s funeral and subsequent rituals on 19th May.
In November, 2013 during an event in Goa, Tejpal has been chargesheeted for sexually assaulting, raping, hacking email account and outraging the modesty of his junior colleague.

Tehelka case: Charge sheet to be filed by 5th Feb

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“The charge sheet in Tehelka case would be filed by February 5. The investigation in the case is almost over,” a senior crime branch official said. After almost three months of Tarun Tejpal being accused of sexually harassing his junior colleague, the Goa police are reaching the end of their investigation.

Tarun Tejpal, the founder and editor of the renowned magazine Tehelka was accused of sexual harassment which allegedly took place on 7th November 2013, at the Goa ‘Think’ festival.

Rape Maligning Gandhi’s Dream of a Perfect Nation

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11th July, 2012 Delhi: Delhi teacher rapes 14-year-old student for 4 years.

06th Sept, 2012, Delhi: Constable rapes homeless woman in Delhi railway station.

23rd Sept, 2012, Delhi: Two Delhi University students raped, two arrested.

16th Dec, 2012, Delhi: 23-year-old gang-raped while on a moving bus.

What must have been an isolated case, condemned to its destruction and handled with an iron fist has sadly become a part of every Delhite’s breakfast. Rape, the non-consensual act of sex has become a hobby of sorts. The brutal incident of a 23-year-old being gang-raped and tortured on a moving bus in the busy streets of Vasant Vihar on Sunday sends a chill down the spine as another black mark strikes the non-alert capital.  The police though have arrested four men including the driver, Ram Singh in connection with the case; little can be done to the girl who was thrown on the road near Mahipalpur and now battles for life at the Safdarjung Hospital.

As doctors term her case as “probably the most grievous”, women across the nation, sit up to wonder how to immunize themselves from this horrific crime. Rape, has become the preferred weapon for submission.

The National Crime Records Bureau [NCRB] states that rape has become the “fastest growing crime in the past decade” and reasons for this would be the increased trend of urbanisation, lack of value based education and easy accessibility to pornography. NCRB’s records show that 24,206 cases of rape were registered in 2011, while the charge sheeted rate is at 93.8%, a meagre 26.4% of all registered cases have received convictions.

Delhi in 2009, usurped one fourth of all reported cases of rape in the country, but the government still have done little apart from banning women to work post 8PM in Gurgaon after a 23-year-old was abducted and raped on March 13th, 2012.

The police from Delhi-NCR seem to take the easy way out as a Tehelka-NDTV expose evidences. The cops-Protectors of Law, blamed women for the rise in rape incidents and went as far as to blur the lines between a sex-worker and a rape victim. The police that see rape as a mark to question women’s character breached section 228A of the Constitution of India after the Noida Police gave out the name of a minor who was raped in a moving car.

The Tehelka expose also caught seventeen senior cops in stations across the Delhi-NCR stating that they blame women for wearing revealing clothes and consuming alcohol. They were also of the opinion that “genuine rape victims seldom approach the authorities, those who do are generally extortionists with loose moral values.”

With the heinous crime having a vague psychological explanation and with no stereotyping of the rapist made available, women across India can only shudder and count their stars lucky if left unaccosted after the day’s work. Mahatma Gandhi’s words of a perfect nation where a woman decked in gold can walk on an empty street safely, is inching towards Utopia-what with the callous behaviour of the authorities and the vulgar minds that lurk in the busy streets like Vasant Vihar.