BJP: Tejpal’s contention an attempt to find 'escape route'

The BJP on Tuesday dismissed Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal's contention — that the investigation by police in BJP-ruled Goa may be prejudiced — as an "atrocious" allegation to find an "escape route" from the charges.

"Does he mean to say that the BJP had entered into his atma (soul) to get him do this in a lift at a hotel in Goa?" former BJP president Venkaiah Naidu said in his reaction to Tejpal's contention in his plea before the Delhi High Court, in which he sought anticipatory bail and transfer of the case out of BJP-ruled Goa. "It is atrocious (allegation). There has to be some limit," Naidu said. "BJP has no role to play. Let the law takes its own course." He suggested that it was an attempt to "shield" the "heinous act" by referring to political parties. "It is merely an excuse for an escape route," Naidu said.

The BJP ridiculed Tejpal's demand for transfer of the case out of Goa. "In some days, (he) will ask to shift it away from India and shift it to UN," Naidu said.

He defended Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. "Where is BJP's role? One should understand the situation, that the Chief Minister is only replying to queries from media. But people have started attributing motives. Law will take its own course. Investigating agencies should be given freedom. This is what the Chief Minister also granted when he directed an inquiry...," Naidu said.

Magazine sends interim report to NCW

tehelka on Tuesday sent an interim report to the National Commission of Women (NCW) on the sexual harassment allegations made against the founder of the magazine and its editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal by a woman journalist. NCW member Shameena Shafique said: "We have received an interim report. However it will not be fair to comment on the matter till we have had a look at the full report." The magazine's management said on Monday that they had not received the NCW email asking for details of the incident and about the constitution of the complaints committee. The communication was therefore resent. ens

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