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Victim’s statement recorded, alert for Tejpal at all airports

On the same day, the Goa police issued an immigration check post alert so that Tejpal doesn’t leave the country. As a precautionary measure, all immigration posts have been alerted to prevent Tejpal from leaving the country said OP Mishra, deputy inspector general of police, Goa, while addressing a press conference in Panaji. ‘He should inform us in case he is leaving the country,’ he added.

The complainant in the case is fully cooperating with us, Mishra said, adding that a formal statement was also being recorded by the Goa police team which travelled to Mumbai to meet her. As per reports, she gave her statement at her Mumbai residence and might travel to Goa to record her statement before a magistrate, as required by law.

Her family, meanwhile, formally complained to the Delhi Police about intimidation and harassment on Tuesday. The police will conduct an inquiry and then decide whether to file an FIR, which is the first step towards the lodging of formal charges. The woman reiterated the same points she made in her complaint sent by email to Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury last week, a police source said.

‘The statement is consistent with the complaint to Shoma and with the versions told to us by the three journalists (all former employees of Tehelka) who the victim had confided in,’ said the official. Earlier in the day, the Delhi High court refused to give immediate relief to Tejpal. He had moved a petition for grant of interim protection against arrest.

After hearing the plea, Justice Sunita Gupta asked the counsel for the Goa police to file its reply, if any, and fixed the hearing of Tejpal’s anticipatory bail plea on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Delhi Police opposed the plea for grant of any transit bail to Tejpal, who termed the FIR as politically motivated alleging that the Goa chief minister was taking undue interest in the matter.

‘I am opposing the matter due to the seriousness of the allegations against the accused,’ the counsel for the Goa police said, adding that he has not been supplied with the copy of the petition by the editor.
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