Charges To Be Framed Against Tarun Tejpal In Sexual Assault Case On September 28

Tarun Tejpal is accused of sexually assaulting a junior colleague during a function organised by Tehelka in Goa in November 2013

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Charges To Be Framed Against Tarun Tejpal In Sexual Assault Case On September 28

Tarun Tejpal was accused of sexually assaulting a colleague at Five-Star a hotel in Goa.

Panjim, Goa:  Charges will be framed against senior journalist and author Tarun Tejpal -- who has been accused of sexually assaulting a junior colleague -- on September 28, a court in Goa has ordered.

In November 2013, a journalist working in Tehelka had accused the magazine's founder of sexual assault during a programme held in Goa. The woman had said Mr Tejpal, 50, had assaulted her inside an elevator of a five-star hotel during the Thinkfest conference.

The woman, who had filed a complaint with the organisation, quit her job later that month. Mr Tejpal, who was also the editor of Tehelka, soon steeped aside as well.

On November 30, after a series of emails between the woman, Mr Tejpal and the magazine's managing editor Shoma Chaudhury were leaked, the senior editor was arrested.

The police said the CCTV footage from the hotel had corroborated the survivor's claims. Their chargesheet -- filed before a fast-track court -- mentioned Tarun Tejpal had assaulted the woman twice and accused him of rape, sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of a woman.

Mr Tejpal has denied rape charges and said the accusation was part of "political vendetta".

He also given a different version of events.

In an apology e-mailed to the woman, he had 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."

The journalist, who is out on bail, has asked for an in-camera hearing.

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