The Goa government has petitioned the Bombay High Court to overturn Tarun Tejpal’s acquittal in the 2013 rape case. On May 21, a Goa sessions court discharged him of sexually harassing a coworker in an elevator of a luxury hotel in Goa in 2013. The Goa government has now filed an appeal in the Bombay High Court against the Goa bench.
According to Goa Advocate General Devidas Pangam, the state government has appealed the order before the Bombay High Court’s Goa bench.
Soon after the verdict was read in court, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who was appearing at a press conference earlier that day, stated that the state would file an appeal as early as possible and that Tejpal’s acquittal had treated a woman unfairly.
Tejpal was accused with Section 341 (wrongful detention, wrongful confinement), 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to offend modesty), 354-A (sexual harassment), 354-B (assault or use of criminal force on a lady with intent to disrobe), 376(2)(f) (person during a position of authority over women, committing rape), and 376(2)k) (person during a position of authority over women, committing rape) (rape by an individual during a position of control)
The Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, previously stated that his state would file an appeal against Mr. Tejpal’s acquittal in the High Court because it was sure that evidence existed against the journalist.