Charge serious, says SC, orders trial in Tejpal rape case

THE Supreme Court on Monday rejected former Tehelka magazine editor Tarun Tejpal A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, M R Shah and B R Gavai directed the trial court in Goa, where the case is pending, to complete proceedings in six months. The court said that Tejpal had initially moved the Bombay High Court which declined to interfere in the matter. He then approached the Supreme Court claiming that he had been framed and sought to rely on CCTV footage of the hotel where the alleged incident took place as well as messages exchanged with the woman to argue his case. On August 6, when the court reserved its order on Tejpal Senior Advocate Vikas Singh who appeared for him contended that The footage shows no such attempt. Anybody can make allegations of this nature and get away. Read| Article 370: Schools open in Kashmir valley, but students stay away The woman had accused Tejpal of sexually assaulting her inside a lift at a five-star hotel in Goa during an event in 2013. Tejpal is currently on bail in the case and has denied the allegations. He was arrested on November 30, 2013, by the crime branch after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court. The Goa Police claimed there was ample material in the form of The trial court framed charges against Tejpal under various sections of the Indian Penal Code: Sections 341 (wrongful restraint); 342 (wrongful confinement); 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage modesty); 354A (sexual harassment); 354B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe); 376 (2)(f) (person in position of authority over women, committing rape) and 376(2)(k) (rape by person in position of control).