Goa police rejects Tejpal’s plea, takes next step

Panaji: Goa police today rejected Tarun Tejpal's request for time till Saturday to appear before it and did not rule out his arrest after he failed to present himself before the 3 PM deadline set by it today.
Without specifically saying whether a non-bailable warrant has been issued against Tejpal, DIG O P Mishra said "whatever logical and legal step as empowered by law has already been initiated".
The Goa police statement came two hours after Tejpal, accused of sexual assault of a woman journalist colleague of his in Goa earlier this month, chose not to appear before the IO and instead sought time till Saturday for the purpose.
"Keeping in view the seriousness of the offence, the Investigating Officer (IO) has not accepted his (Tejpal's) request (for more time) to appear before her," he said.
"The IO is now proceeding in the case as per law. All other formalities will follow. We will do them without any loss of time," he said without disclosing what the step was.
Asked whether a non-bailable warrant of arrest was being issued or whether he would be arrested, Mishra said, "it has serious implications and as per law empowered, we are proceeding without any further delay".
To a question again whether NBW will be issued, Mishra that is the logical and legal step.