Tehelka case: journalist who accused Tarun Tejpal of sexual assault quits magazine

Tehelka case: journalist who accused Tarun Tejpal of sexual assault quits magazine

Tehelka's Tarun Tejpal, who is facing allegations of sexually assaulting a colleague

Mumbai: The Tehelka journalist who accused the magazine's founder Tarun Tejpal of sexual assault in Goa earlier this month, has resigned. Mr Tejpal has moved the Delhi High Court for anticipatory bail. The court is expected to hear his appeal tomorrow.

Here are the latest updates on this story

  1. The Goa Police are likely to go to Mumbai soon to take the statement of the young journalist.

  2. The police have talked about the possibility of fresh charges against Tarun Tejpal. "If additional charges are required, they will be added according to the developments in the probe," Deputy Inspector General of Police OP Mishra said in Panaji.

  3. On Sunday, the Goa Police questioned three employees of Tehelka in connection with the allegations of sexual assault against Mr Tejpal.

  4. The police had questioned Tehelka's Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury for nearly 10 hours till 2 am on Sunday. Ms Chaudhury and a few employees were questioned for more than nine hours yesterday.

  5. The police are also collecting Mr Tejpal's emails in connection with the incident and the complaint of the girl to the magazine's management following which he is likely to be questioned.

  6. "I fully cooperated and showed every document that was relevant, every email exchange that was there between my colleagues, the management, it was shared, it was a good experience and I hope it helps bring clarity and justice to the entire case," Ms Chaudhury said about her questioning.

  7. On Saturday, the young journalist who has alleged sexual assault, said she was worried about her family being harassed by Mr Tejpal's associates. The journalist released a statement in which she said a member of Mr Tejpal's family visited her mother's home in Delhi and asked what the young woman "wanted" and who is assisting her legally. (Read: Tarun Tejpal's relative asked what I "wanted", says journalist)

  8. The National Commission for Women has asked the Mumbai Police to provide security to the journalist.

  9. The police case is based on an email sent to Ms Chaudhury by the journalist on Monday, which was later leaked. Legal experts say the email clearly outlines criminal offences and that Ms Chaudhury broke the law by not reporting the matter to the police.

  10. Mr Tejpal suggested in a statement on Friday that his version of events is different from what the young journalist has detailed. However, in an apology that Mr Tejpal had emailed to the young woman on Tuesday, he referred to a "shameful lapse of judgement that led me to attempt a sexual liaison with you on two occasions on 7 November and 8 November 2013, despite your clear reluctance that you did not want such attention from me."