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Rape accused Tejpal to appear before Goa police today

Earlier in the day, Tejpal withdrew his plea before the Delhi High Court for granting protection against arrest by Goa police.

The Goa police on Thursday had rejected Tejpal's request for time till Saturday to appear before it and did not rule out his arrest after he failed to present himself before the 3 pm deadline. Without specifically saying whether a non-bailable warrant had been issued against Tejpal, deputy inspector general of police OP Mishra said: '... logical and legal step, as empowered by law, has already been initiated.' The Goa police statement came two hours after Tejpal chose not to appear before the investigating officer (IO) and sought time instead.

'Keeping in view the seriousness of the offence, the IO has not accepted his (Tejpal's) request (for more time) to appear before her,' he said. 'The IO is now proceeding in the case as per law. All other formalities will follow. We will do them without any loss of time,' Mishra said without disclosing what the step would be.

Asked whether a non-bailable warrant of arrest was being issued or whether he would be arrested, Mishra said, 'It has serious implications and as per law empowered, we are proceeding without any further delay.' Mishra said a non-bailable warrant is the logical and legal step.

Earlier, Tejpal had written a letter to the Goa police saying he is ready to cooperate in the investigation and sought two days time to appear before it. He said he will be reaching Goa on Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court allowed Tejpal on Thursday to withdrew his bail plea, a day before Justice Sunita Gupta was to pass order on his request. Tejpal's counsel said appropriate court would be approached for appropriate remedy. Tejpal had approached the High Court seeking either anticipatory or transit bail.

In related development, former managing editor of Tehelka Shoma Chaudhury on Thursday met NCW member Shamina Shafiq. Shoma is understood to have briefed Shafiq about the magazine's response in dealing with alleged sexual assault case against Tejpal. Earlier in the day, Shoma, accused of attempting a cover up, resigned as managing editor of Tehelka.

Denying being part of a 'cover-up' group to protect Tejpal, Chaudhury wrote in a mail to Tehelka staff, 'I do not want questions raised about my integrity to tarnish the image of Tehelka, which it has done in the past week. Therefore, I resign as managing editor with immediate effect.' Also Aruna Roy, Magsaysay Award winner and activist resigned from Tehelka Foundation on the same day.
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