Tarun Tejpal
Tarun Tejpal

Setback for ex-Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal in sexual assault case

Agency News

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the appeal lodged by former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal in a sexual assault case which was filed by a woman journalist.

Tejpal now has to stand trial in case filed by a former collegaue in a sexual assault case. Top court also directed that the trial against Tarun Tejpal should be completed within six months. A bench comprising justices Arun Mishra, M R Shah and B R Gavai has delivered the judgement.

Tejpal is alleged to have sexually assaulted the former colleague inside the elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa in 2013. He has denied all the allegations levelled against him. The woman journalist’s #metoo allegation had created much controversy over meida. He was arrested on November 30, 2013 by the Crime Branch after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court. He has been out on bail since May 2014.

He has moved the apex court challenging the Bombay High Court's December 20, 2017 order dismissing his plea seeking quashing of charges.