After victim resigns citing slander, police statement likely; Tejpal seeks transit bail
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The young woman journalist who has accused Tehelka founder and its editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting her resigned from the magazine Monday, alleging "tactics of intimidation, character assassination and slander", and is expected to travel to Goa soon to record her crucial statement to the police.
Her resignation came as Tejpal filed an anticipatory transit bail application in the Delhi High Court saying the "police are after him". A transit anticipatory bail is exemption from arrest to enable an accused to travel to a different city to appear in court there.
The resignation also came on a day the Goa police said the investigating officer in the case, Sunita Sawant, had established contact with the journalist.
In an email to Chaudhury, the victim has said she is "deeply traumatised by the lack of support offered by the organization", adding that it wasn't just Tejpal who had failed her as an employer but
Tehelka that had "failed women, employees, journalists and feminists collectively".
The victim's resignation email, which sources said was sent Monday afternoon, said she was quitting because she had been "sexually molested by Tarun Tejpal on two occasions".
The victim said Tejpal failed to acknowledge "sexual misconduct" as demanded by her in his apology email to the Tehelka staff and had instead referred to it as an "untoward incident".
This, according to the victim, was an "attempt to cover up what had really occurred" and now a way to protect the institution as claimed by Chaudhury.
In her email, the journalist has also disputed Chaudhury's claims to news channels that she was "satisfied" with Tehelka's actions. "His public acknowledgement of the apology did not include any reference to his grievous sexual misconduct, and you had still failed to set up an anti-sexual harassment cell as per Vishaka guidelines. This could, in no way, have left me 'satisfied'", the email said.