Tejpal could not reach on time as he had to complete the bail formalities at the Sada sub-jail in Goa's Vasco town.
Tejpal's mother Shakunatala was 87 years old and died last evening in their Goa house.
Tejpal has already spent over three months in police and judicial custody since his arrest on 30 November, after a nationwide police chase.
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday began in-camera hearing on the bail petition of Tehelka Founder Editor Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a woman colleague in a lift of a star hotel near Panaji.
The Goa police lodged a fresh First Information Report (FIR) against Tehelka magazine's founding editor Tarun Tejpal, three days after he was found in possession of a mobile phone in his jail cell.
Tip-offs from journalists in Delhi led to the surprise raid of Tehelka editor-in-chief's prison cell where they allegedly found a mobile phone, says Goa CM Parrikar.
Goa Police on Monday chargesheeted Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal for raping his woman colleague at a Goa resort last year. He has also been charged with sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of a woman.
Chaudhury has already come under severe criticism for appearing to shield Tarun Tejpal and also for downplaying her insensitive response to the grievances of the former Tehelka staffer.
Rejecting allegations of showing undue interest in and interfering with the probe, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the state government has a duty to do justice to the girl in the case of alleged sexual assault by Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal.
If the Goa tourism minister has his way, Thinkfest conference, which is annually held in the state, may not be allowed in future unless its promoter and Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal's fate in a sexual assault case is decided.
According to Roy, Tehelka's double standards when it comes to championing the rights of the poor, the underdog and the oppressed have been exposed.
A Delhi Police team reached Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal's house here this afternoon to provide security against possible protest.
Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal's alleged sexual harassment of a woman colleague snowballed into a major controversy today with the Goa police considering summoning him while questions have been raised over the way the weekly magazine has handled the issue.
He is one of India's biggest superstars but Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan says it is lonely at the top and he is constantly fighting with the "feeling of emptiness".
No sex please, we're Indian. That old saying has gone out of the window in Bollywood. Indian cinema is stripping down and getting to business. But does that mean it's all grown up now?
A whooping, hollering audience cheered both sides, as Arvind Kejriwal and his fellow RTI activist Shekhar Singh went back-and-forth on the virtues and follies of the Hazare movement.