Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh fixed June 27 as the date for hearing the bail plea of Tarun Tejpal in the sexual assault case filed against him. Presently, Tejpal was on an interim bail for three weeks to attend his mother’s funeral rights.
Senior Counsel Salman Khurshid asserted that the issue be given an early hearing and that it would not take a long time. Before being released on interim bail, he was lodged at Sada sub-jail in Goa’s Vasco town.
Tejapal is accused of raping, sexually harassing and outraging the modesty of a junior colleague. The incident took place at a hotel in Goa in November last year. He was arrested on 30 November, 2013.
The 50-year-old journalist is behind bars since November 30 last year on charges of rape and sexual assault on a junior journalist in the elevator of a north Goa hotel during the ThinkFest event of his magazine in early November last year. He was charged with offences under sections 354, 354-A (sexual harassment), 341 and 342 (wrongful restrain), 376 (rape), 376(2)(f) (being a person in a position of trust or authority towards the woman and rapes her) and 376 (2)(k) (being in a position of control or dominance over a woman and rapes her) of the IPC.
Previous attempts by Tejpal, to obtain bail, had been turned down by the Courts at various occasions. His bail application was rejected on 14 March 2014 by the Bombay High Court. Previously, his anticipatory bail was rejected by the Delhi High Court.
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