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Tehelka case: Court allows Tejpal to get copy of CCTV footage

PTI Panaji | Updated on March 13, 2018 Published on February 19, 2014

A court here today allowed Tehelka founder editor Tarun Tejpal to get CCTV footage of the five-tar hotel at Bambolim in north Goa, where he had allegedly raped his junior journalist colleague.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Anuja Prabhudesai ordered the court staff to hand over the copy of the CCTV footage to Tejpal by 5 p.m. today.

Tejpal, who is currently lodged in Sada sub-jail in Vasco town, had moved an application seeking the CCTV footage, one of the crucial pieces of evidence produced by the crime branch in the charge sheet.

Tejpal, in a statement issued last night, had accused the crime branch of hiding the crucial CCTV footage, which he said could give the accurate version of the events.

“In my first and only press note of November 22, 2013, I had urged the police to obtain, examine and release the CCTV footage so that an accurate version of events stands clearly revealed,” he had said.

“I said this at a time, from Delhi, when I had neither accessed nor seen the footage. But since I was the man on the spot I knew the truth of what had happened,” the statement said.

“It is violative of due process to not make all collected evidence available to the accused at the time of filing the charge sheet. In fact, receipt of the footage is what we have been impatiently waiting for since the last three months. This duplicity is in keeping with the sinister and motivated political vendetta that is being pursued,” it read.

The crime branch in its charge sheet had claimed that Tejpal has admitted to the crime and the allegations against him can be corroborated with evidence such as CCTV footage, documents such as the e-mails exchanged between the accused and the victim and the statement of the witnesses.

The investigating agency has said “there is no CCTV footage of the incidents inside the lift.”

Tejpal yesterday failed to get any immediate relief on his bail petition from the Bombay High Court.

Goa Police had on Monday filed a 2,846-page charge sheet against Tejpal, under Sections 354, 354-A (sexual harassment), 341 and 342 (wrongful restraint), 376 (rape), 376(2)(f) and 376 (2)(k) (taking advantage of one’s official position and raping a woman in custody).

Published on February 19, 2014
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