Delhi High Court refuses interim relief to Tejpal

New Delhi, Nov 26 : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused any interim relief to Tehelka Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal, who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman journalist of his magazine in Goa recently.

The court will hear his anticipatory bail plea on Wednesday.

"Tejpal's lawyers have alleged that the Goa Police is showing undue interest in the case and have registered a suo-moto case against him," reported CNN-IBN.

"As Tejpal is a resident of Delhi and the case has been filed in Goa, he had sought interim protection from the arrest till the time he can approach a court which has jurisdiction in Goa for relief," the news channel said.

Tejpal on Monday moved the Delhi High Court for an anticipatory bail.

He also sought change in the investigating agency and transfer of the case out of Goa.

The Goa Police on Tuesday recorded the statement of the woman journalist.

A team of the Goa Police visited Mumbai on Tuesday to record her statement.

According to reports, Tejpal is likely to be interrogated in the case after the victim's statement is recorded.

Meanwhile, Tejpal said the encounter was a 'light-hearted banter'.

"I'm shocked to learn that a false complaint was sought to be projected as an incident of alleged harassment. The encounter was only light-hearted banter which led to a moment of privacy between two individuals," Tejpal said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

"Our meeting lasted a few seconds and no intimate moment was shared between us," he said.

He accused the Goa Police of ignoring the CCTV footage of the incident.

"The nature of the said meeting can well be established by perusal of the CCTV footage from hotel. The Goa Police blatantly ignoring CCTV footage, I demand a copy," said Tejpal.

Tejpal, late Nov 20 evening rescued himself from his job for six months after the journalist complained to Tehelka's managing editor Shoma Chaudhury that he allegedly pulled her into a lift in the Goa resort and sexually assaulted her.

--IBNS (Posted on 26-11-2013)

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