Tehelka: Case filed for disclosing victim’s identity

Goa police on Friday registered a case against unknown person for disclosing the identity of the victim who was allegedly raped by Tehelka founder editor Tarun Tejpal, and for circulating ‘defamatory’ emails against her.

Deputy inspector general OP Mishra told  a news agency that a case under section 228 of the Indian Penal Code and under section 66 of the Information Technology Act has been registered by the crime branch here.

‘The case has been registered against unknown person and investigation is on,’ Mishra said. The victim had complained to Goa police that a ‘systematic and virulent campaign was launched to falsify facts and the truth in the case.’ The Crime Branch, which is investigating the case, has received the complaint by the victim, whose statement was also recorded by sleuths in Mumbai on Thursday.

Tejpal is currently lodged in Sada sub jail in Goa, after his bail petition was rejected by a local court.
The 50-year-old journalist has been accused of sexually assaulting the victim, his colleague, during an event in Goa last year. ‘I have remained silent against this campaign of slander and vilification, although it has caused me hurt and trauma, because I have full faith in the legal process and respect its sanctity,’ the girl has said.
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