Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal acquitted in sexual assault case: Goa Court

Tarun Tejpal, a journalist, was exonerated in a 2013 rape and sexual assault case by the Districts Session Court in Mapusa, North Goa. Tarun Tejpal, the former Tehelka editor-in-chief, was charged with sexually assaulting a female employee in a luxury hotel elevator in Goa in 2013. Tarun Tejpal, who is on parole, was freed of all allegations in the suspected sexual assault case against him after eight year. 

Tejpal’s case was first brought to court in 2017. Meanwhile, he had petitioned the Bombay High Court to have the case against him dismissed, stating that the accusations were false.

Mr Tejpal departed as Tehelka Editor shortly after, citing a six-month “recusing” period. In November of 2013, he was arrested. Since May 2014, he has been free on bail.

Following the laying of charges, Tarun Tejpal approached the Supreme Court to have the accusations against him dismissed.

The District and Sessions Court in Mapusa, North Goa, discharged Tejpal, who was prosecuted under Sections 341, 342, 343, 354, 354A, 354B, and 376 (2)(f) of the Indian Penal Code. The verdict was delivered by Additional Sessions Judge Kshama Joshi.

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