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Tejpal case to be tried in fast track court: Goa CM

In Delhi, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said, ‘Tejpal will be tried in a fast track court. We will follow the Supreme Court’s guidelines and have a female judge in this case.’

‘I will see to it that justice is given to the girl. No one need be worried that Tejpal, just because of his earlier background, will be treated in a wrong way or a different way,’ he said while responding to a question at a function.

Tehelka’s sting operation had led to the resignation of the then BJP president Bangaru Laxman who was caught on tape accepting money from undercover television reporters in connection with a purported defence deal.

In Panaji, a senior police officer said,’The investigation is heading in the right direction and we are interrogating Tejpal in detail...He is cooperating. The detailed statements of Tejpal are being recorded by a team led by investigating officer (IO) Sunita Sawant under the supervision of deputy superintendent of police Sammy Tavares.

‘...Tejpal has been maintaining that the act was consensual though he has not denied having indulged in the act,’ the officer said on the condition of anonymity.

He has corroborated what the young girl has stated in her complaint, except that the act was ‘forced upon the girl,’ and has so far stuck to his version that the act was consensual, the official said.

Tarun Tejpal insists it was a ‘consensual act’

PANAJI: Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexual assaulting a woman journalist, is sticking to his version that whatever happened between the two was a ‘consensual act’, a police officer said on Thursday. ‘The investigation is heading in the right direction and we are interrogating Tejpal in detail...He is cooperating,’ a senior official, who is part of the crime branch team investigating the case, said. The detailed statements of Tejpal are being recorded by a team led by investigating officer (IO) Sunita Sawant under the supervision of deputy superintendent of police Sammy Tavares. ‘...Tejpal has been maintaining that the act was consensual though he has not denied having indulged in the act,’ the officer said on the condition of anonymity. He has corroborated what the young girl has stated in her complaint, except that the act was ‘forced upon the girl,’ and has so far stuck to his version that the act was consensual, the official said.
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