Tejpal arrested after court rejects his anticipatory bail plea
Panaji: Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal was tonight arrested by Goa police, ten days after it became public that he had allegedly sexually assaulted a woman journalist colleague during an event here early this month.
Tejpal's cat-and-mouse game with the police ended 90 minutes after District and Sessions Judge Anuja Prabhudesai rejected his anticipatory bail plea which was argued for the last two days and strongly opposed by the prosecution. Details of the order are yet to come out.
The 50-year-old Tehelka founder was formally taken into custody at the Crime Branch headquarters in Dona Paula where Tejpal, along with his family, was waiting for the delayed court order for three and half hours from 4.30 pm.
Tejpal's wife, daughter, brother and his friend Sanjay Roy came out of the police outpost once he was placed under arrest. He will be taken for mandatory medical test.
Known for investigative journalism through sting operations, Tejpal dodged a combined team of Goa and Delhi police which had raided his house in Delhi at the crack of dawn yesterday. He landed in Goa only after the Sessions Judge gave him interim protection against arrest order till her final order.
The whole episode came to light on November 20 with Tejpal accepting "misconduct" against the journalist and offered to recuse himself from the post and the office for six months.
Since then, he has made flip-flops, claiming it was a consensual act and virtually questioning the integrity of the woman journalist who had alleged that he attempted sexual assault on her twice in a lift in a five-star hotel here.