Tarun Tejpal rape case: Goa sessions court to pronounce verdict on 12 May
The additional district court was to pronounce the verdict on Tuesday. Judge Kshama Joshi, however, adjourned the verdict to 12 May
Panaji: A sessions court in Goa on Tuesday said it will pronounce the verdict in the Tarun Tejpal case on 12 May.
The former Tehelka editor-in-chief is accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague inside the elevator of a luxury hotel in Goa in 2013.
The additional district court was to pronounce the verdict on Tuesday. Judge Kshama Joshi adjourned the verdict to 12 May.
Public prosecutor Fransisco Tavares said the judge made the announcement without citing a reason for the postponement of the judgement.
The Goa police registered an FIR against Tejpal in November 2013 following which he was arrested.
He has been out on bail since May 2014.
The Goa crime branch had filed a charge sheet against Tejpal.
He faced trial under IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage modesty), 354-A (sexual harassment), 354-B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 376(2)(f) (person in position of authority over women, committing rape) and 376(2)k) (rape by person in position of control).
He had earlier moved the Bombay High Court, seeking a stay on the framing of charges against him, but his petition was dismissed.
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At heart of Tarun Tejpal judgment is issue of consent, which is central to rape law, this case, and how courts deal with it
This judicial trapeze of a reasoning on consent is by no means a pathological vice of the Goa court that ruled on the Tejpal case alone.