Tejpal is expected to be present in court during the hearing. After a fast-tracked investigation, the Goa Police Crime Branch charged Tejpal under sections 354, 354-A (sexual harassment), 341 and 342 (wrongful restrain), 376 (rape), 376(2)(f) and 376 (2)(k)(takes advantage of his official position and commits rape in his custody).

Tejpal has already spent 80 days in police and judicial custody since his arrest on November 30, after a nationwide police chase. A junior colleague had accused Tejpal of alleged rape during ThinkFest, a high profile conference organized by Tehelka founder in Goa which was attended by Hollywood star Robert de Niro.

The victim had claimed that she was sexually assaulted twice on November 7 and 8. Tejpal is presently lodged in Sada sub jail located in Vasco, 35 km from Panaji.


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