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Bombay High Court postpones appeal against Tarun Tejpal's acquittal until August 10

Lawstreet Journal 3 Aug 2021 11:38pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Bombay High Court postpones appeal against Tarun Tejpal's acquittal until August 10

The hearing on the state government's appeal against journalist Tarun Tejpal's discharge in a rape case was extended until August 10 by the Bombay High Court's Goa bench on July 29th (Thursday).

Following Tejpal's lawyer Amit Desai told the court that his instructing attorney Ankur Chawla had personal tragedy and that some materials had still to be given, a division bench consisting of Justice MS Sonak and Justice MS Jawalkar postponed the hearing.

The state was represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and State Advocate General Devidas Pangam.

Mr Pangam urged that the hearing be held before August 17, because the court may start physical sessions after August 15, and Mr Mehta may not be available.

The matter was delayed until August 10 by the bench, who clarified that no decision has been taken concerning physical hearings.

Tejpal was acquitted of charges of sexually abusing a former female coworker inside the elevator of a luxury hotel in Goa in 2013 by a Goa sessions court on May 21, 2021.


In the year 2013, a youthful Tehelka writer accused Tarun Tejpal, the magazine's owner and editor-in-chief, of sexually assaulting her in the elevator of a hotel in Goa on two occasions, on November 7 and 8, 2013. On November 18, 2013, she lodged a complaint with Shoma Chaudhury, the magazine's managing editor, requesting the establishment of a sexual harassment squad to investigate. The case was taken up by the Goa police on their own initiative, and criminal procedures were begun.

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