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Goa police mull separate team to probe confidential mails’ leakage

A few hours after Tarun Tejpal, the editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, joined the investigation with Goa police crime branch on Friday evening, sources said, a separate team will probe the leakage of the confidential mails in public domain.

Speaking to Millennium Post, a police official in Goa police crime branch requesting anonymity said, ‘It is must for us to trace out the person who has betrayed the organisation and circulated the e-mails composed by the victim journalist, Tarun Tejpal and Shoma Chaudhury, the former managing editor of Tehelka.’

To make the probe milky-white, Goa police have planned to form a separate team consisting of three-four members who have been instructed to gather information about the mail circulation. Probably the team would start its probe from Saturday. Victim along with Chaudhary and the other employees of Tehelka will be questioned regarding the mails.

‘The e-mails drafted by victim regarding the complaint she had alleged against Tejpal about the sexual assault as well as revert mail by Tejpal announcing his resignation after accepting his misconduct with the female journalist during the Think fest  in Goa have been accessed by the media houses and published,’ the investigator added.

‘The motive is to trace out the person who was having the collection of these mails, as if we will book Chaudhury under sections 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and 202 (intentional omission to give information of offence by person bound to inform) of the Indian Penal Code, that person will also be booked under the same sections,’ the source said.

‘If Chaudhary has been blamed for not sharing the incident with the police even after she was well aware about the sexual assault episode, so the person who has circulated the mails to media houses is also the crime partner. S/he could have approached police instead of making the matter in public domain,’ an employee (name withheld) of Tehelka said.

The police official added that so far it has been learnt that via social networking sites (Twitter) all the media houses got to know about the matter. ‘The profiles of the suspected journalists will be scanned and might be approached to reach the employee hiding inside the organisation,’ he said.

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