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Tarun Tejpal reaches Goa, granted bail till 10am Saturday

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Panaji: On a day of high drama and action, Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a woman reporter in Tehelka, on Friday got a minor relief when a local court gave him interim protection from arrest till 10am on Saturday.

Dodging a combined team of Goa and Delhi Police that visited his house in Delhi at the crack of dawn to arrest him, Tejpal landed in Panaji around the time district and sessions judge Anuja Prabhudesai gave him the reprieve till Saturday morning.

The judge, who had issued non-bailable warrants to Goa and Delhi Police for his arrest earlier in the morning, later stayed his arrest till 2.30 PM on an anticipatory bail application moved by Tejpal's lawyers

During arguments on the bail application in the post- lunch session, Tejpal's lawyer Geeta Luthra contended that he was a man of high integrity and reputation and that the CCTV footage of the hotel will exonerate him.

The complaint from the victim, who was seen normal even after the alleged incident, came 10 days after the said episode, she argued.

After securing the relief, Tejpal, the founding editor of the weekly where the victim was working as the journalist and was allegedly assaulted in five-star hotel lift earlier this month, left Delhi by a 2.30pm flight, accompanied by his wife Geetan Batra, other family members and lawyers.

Before boarding the aircraft, Tejpal said he was going to Goa as he has got summons from the police.

Television journalists on board the same flight milled around an unwilling Tejpal for comments that the air crew reportedly threatened to make an emergency landing in some other destination.

Tejpal faced some protests and black flag demonstration by BJP's youth wing activists as he left the Dabolim airport amidst tight security.

Luthra said Tejpal was a free man but would be joining investigations whenever the investigating officer calls him. He has come to Goa to join the probe, she said.

PTI

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