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

Press Trust of India April 27, 2021 13:13:14 IST
Tarun Tejpal rape case: Goa sessions court to pronounce verdict on 12 May

File image of Tarun Tejpal. AFP

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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