Tehelka case: FIR false version of intimate encounter, BJP framed me, says Tejpal

TejpalFounder and editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal is accused of raping a colleague during an event in Goa.

Claiming that the rape charge was a "figment of the imagination" and a result of the "wrath of vengeance" of the BJP government in Goa, Tehelka founder and editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal sought anticipatory bail on Tuesday.

The high court, however, refused to grant interim protection without hearing detailed arguments. "I don't even have a copy of the FIR, how can I pass any order," said Justice Sunita Gupta, directing the counsel for the Goa government to submit a copy of the FIR. The matter is set to be heard on Wednesday.

Stating that a "false and concocted version of an intimate encounter between two individuals... has been played out as allegations of sexual assault", the bail plea, filed by senior advocates K T S Tulsi and Geeta Luthra, described the incident as "only light-hearted bantering". 

The incident was "blown out of proportion by various groups with vested interests, including top-most executives of Goa and even national political leaders of one party," it said.

"The investigation being carried out by the Goa Police is patently tainted, unfair and is being used as an opportunity to satisfy the longstanding grudge of the political executive against the works and ideological stand of the present petitioner... (they) have unleashed their wrath of vengeance against the applicant," it said.

"It is pertinent to note that the applicant exposed the then president of BJP in 2001 for committing corruption in defence deals as a result of which the party president as well as the then defence minister... had to resign. Furthermore, the applicant was also instrumental in exposing the role of prominent party leaders and the manner in which BJP was attempting to buy over crucial eyewitnesses and scuttle fair investigation in the Gujarat riot case," said the plea.

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