Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Goa files appeal against Tejpal order


The Goa government has called a verdict acquitting journalist Tarun Tejpal of rape and sexual assault by additional sessions judge Kshama Joshi as “perverse” and “influenced by extraneous inadmissib­le materials and testimonie­s”, and filed an appeal filed before the Bombay high court at Goa. The former editor of Tehelka magazine was accused of raping a colleague in an elevator of a hotel in Goa during the THiNK festival in November 2013. The complainan­t alleged that Tejpal raped her in the lift on November 7 and attempted to assault her again on November 8. Tejpal, who refuted the charges in court, was acquitted by the fast-track court on May 21. The Goa government filed an appeal against the verdict in the Bombay high court last Tuesday. The appeal is scheduled for hearing on Wednesday.

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