New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea by Tehelka magazine’s founder Tarun Tejpal seeking the quashing of charges framed against him in a sexual assault case filed by a former woman colleague.
The Goa court hearing the case will resume the trial from September 23. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra has asked the court to complete the trial preferably within six months.
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Tejpal is alleged to have sexually assaulted a former woman colleague inside the elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa in 2013. He 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 and has been out on bail since May 2014.
The court had, on August 6, reserved its order on Tejpal’s plea.
The Goa Police had said that there were “contemporaneous” WhatsApp messages and e-mails which showed that the Tehelka magazine founder should face trial in the case.
The police, while opposing Tejpal’s plea seeking quashing of charges framed against him, had told the court that there was “ample material” warranting trial in the case.
Tejpal had moved the apex court, challenging the Bombay High Court’s December 20, 2017, order dismissing his plea seeking quashing of charges.
The trial court in Mapusa town of Goa had framed charges against Tejpal under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including alleged sexual harassment and provisions related to rape.