Panaji : Tehelka magazine founder editor Tarun Tejpal has been acquitted of rape charges by a court I Goa.
Tarun Tejpal was accused of sexually assaulting a colleague in 2013 on the sidelines of a conference at a five star resort in Goa.
In 2017, the trial court had charged him with rape, sexual harassment, and wrongful confinement. Tarun Tejpal challenged the charges in the Supreme court, which had ordered the trial in Goa to continue.
Tarun Tejpal‘s daughter Cara Tejpal read out a statement on her father’s behalf. Which said he was ‘’falsely accused’’of sexual assault.
Cara Tejpal said ‘’The past seven an a half yers have been traumatic for my family as we have dealt with the catastrophic fallout of these false allegations on every aspect of our personal and public lives.’’
The sessions court in Panaji, GOA was to declare its verdict on Wednesday but could not, citing ‘’power failure’’ due to cyclone Tauktae.
Tehelka magazine founder editor Tarun Tejpal stepped down as Tehelka Editors soon after saying he was ‘recusing’’ himself for six months. He was arrested on in November 2013. He has been out on bail since May 2014.
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