No CCTV camera in lift: Goa Police

Panaji, Nov 23 : The Goa Police on Saturday said there was no CCTV camera in the lift in which Tehelka magazine's Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal allegedly sexually assaulted a woman journalist.

"There was no CCTV camera inside the lift. But we got footage from other cameras at the hotel and are examining those," Panaji Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) OP Mishra told reporters.

Asked if Tejpal will be arrested, he said: "Our team is in Delhi. They will question him and collect all documents needed in the case. Action will be taken accordingly."

A team of Goa Police on Saturday reached New Delhi to grill Tejpal in the case.

Tejpal, who on Friday said he will fully cooperate with the police in their investigation into the sexual assault of a young journalist in his organization by him, might be arrested with the FIR lodged against him by the Goa Police charging him of rape, according to reports.

"We will interrogate him. If he does not cooperate we will have to arrest him," said Goa Director General of Police Kishan Kumar.

Meanwhile, Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury on Saturday responded to the Goa Police and assured cooperation in the sexual assault case against the magazine's Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal.

"PLS NOTE: Contrary to media reports, Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury has responded to Goa Police and has assured further cooperation," tweeted Tehelka on Saturday.

Earlier, Chaudhury, in an interview to Editor-in-Chief of IBN18 Network Rajdeep Sardesai, had said she would not go to Goa Police.

Even as Tehelka led by Chaudhury continued to defend Tejpal apparently by requesting all to wait for the outcome of an internal inquiry and hearing of both the versions of the victim and the accused instead of a trial by media, the law of the land also is closing in on the journalist who earned fame for investigative reporting and big time exposes by Tehelka, including one on the attitude of policemen to victims of sexual assaults.

Reports said under the new stringent laws, what Tejpal allegedly committed during the "Think fest" in Goa organized by Tehelka is tantamount to rape. Media reports said he is seeking anticipatory bail in the case.

The Goa Police on Friday filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Tejpal for allegedly sexually assaulting the woman journalist.

The Goa Police said they are also going through the CCTV footage from the five-star hotel where Tejpal allegedly sexually assaulted the woman inside an elevator.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has reportedly sought a report from the Goa Police on the case.

Tejpal, late Wednesday evening recused himself from his job for six months after the journalist complained to Chaudhury that he allegedly pulled her into a lift in the Goa resort and sexually assaulted her.

--IBNS (Posted on 23-11-2013)

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