Tehelka Case: Tarun Tejpal has admitted guilt, Goa govt tells Court

TejpalFounder and editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal has been accused of raping his junior colleague during an event in Goa.

Labeling Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal as a "coward" for "going underground" after he was accused of sexually assaulting a colleague, the Goa government Wednesday vehemently opposed his plea for anticipatory bail saying the veteran journalist had failed all tests laid down by courts for such bail.

Justice Sunita Gupta of the Delhi High Court, after hearing arguments by both sides, said she would rule on the petition Friday.

"This is as between a man married with a family dealing with an employee who is a friend of his daughter and whom he has known as a child...is this not depravity of the highest order?" asked senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Goa government.

"The position of dominance, position to manipulate job is ex-facie evident."

Alleging that there was "admission of guilt" by Tejpal "in the email and here," Rohatgi told the court that Tejpal had failed all tests laid down by the courts for grant of anticipatory bail.

Arguing in a courtroom packed with journalists and lawyers, Rohatgi also said that as the alleged incident had occurred in Goa, the FIR registered there and the investigation being conducted there, the Delhi High Court did not have jurisdiction to try the case.

The lawyer also told the court that the alleged victim had given a statement to the Police in Mumbai Tuesday and appeared in a Goa court Wednesday to record her statement before a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.

Citing several judgments of the Supreme Court of India, Rohatgi said that Tejpal should have approached the Goa High Court or a sessions court in Goa for anticipatory bail.

The Goa Police also submitted a copy of the FIR and the statement made by the woman journalist to the police, to the court.

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