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Accusing the founder and editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, Tarun Tejpal, of assaulting and raping a colleague during a media event in the state, Goa Police Friday registered an FIR in the case and indicated that his arrest was imminent.
The police also did not rule out action against Tehelka’s managing editor Shoma Chaudhury saying she was not cooperating with them in the probe as required by law and could be summoned to Goa.
Sources said a Goa Police team was expected in Delhi soon to question Tejpal , after which he is likely to be arrested.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said the FIR was registered based on reports that appeared in the traditional and social media after Tejpal announced Wednesday that he was stepping down as editor-in-chief for six months to atone for what he called an unfortunate incident.
“What was shown and heard in the media was found sufficient enough for the investigating agency to book an offence against Tejpal ,” Parrikar said. “A First Information Report in this case was registered, backed by the information we heard in the media reports. Now let the police collect enough evidence to prosecute.”
In the FIR registered at the CID Crime Branch Police Station, Dona Paula, Tejpal is accused under IPC sections 354-A, 376, and 376 (2) (k) which cover rape, rape of a woman taking advantage of official position and outraging the modesty of a woman.
Parrikar had ordered the police to launch a preliminary enquiry Thursday and police had said that they would look for enough material to file an FIR in the absence of a complaint from the victim or her family.
DIG O P Mishra said the police did not waste any time on Wednesday after news of the case was widely reported in the media. Sources said “strong evidence” had been found to match the allegations of the victim, allowing for the FIR to be registered.
A police team is also expected to be sent to meet the victim in due course, the sources said, adding that statements to the media by Tehelka and Chaudhury were being recorded.
“When the news broke in the evening, we took charge after we noticed that the event where the incident seems to have allegedly happened was in Goan jurisdiction,” Mishra said.