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Tejpal case: woman deposes before magistrate in Goa

Tejpal case: woman deposes before magistrate in Goa

Panaji: The young journalist who has accused Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting her appeared before a judicial magistrate in Goa to depose.

Police sources said the woman was secretly flown to Goa and taken to a trial court complex in Panaji, where her statement was recorded before a judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) in 'B' Court under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The victim had been allegedly sexually assaulted by Tejpal in an elevator at a five star resort in Goa.

The Goa police had on November 22 lodged an FIR against Tejpal under IPC sections 376 (rape), 376 (2)(k) (rape by a person of a woman in his custody taking advantage of his official position) and 354 (outraging modesty) in connection with the incident.

Following the incident, the journalist had resigned from Tehelka, accusing Tejpal and Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhary of a "cover-up" and resorting to "tactics of intimidation, character assassination and slander".

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