Panaji Police registered non-cognisable offence of criminal intimidation under section 506 of the Indian Penal Code against Tejpal, following the complaint by Sunita Sawant, the police officer.
     
Tejpal was interrogated by Sawant between November 31, 2013 till December 10, 2013 while he was in police custody, and he threatened her during the interrogation, she alleged.
      
Sawant had mentioned this before sessions court during the hearing on Tejpal's bail plea, and the judge had noted it in the order dismissing his plea, a senior police officer said.
     
Tejpal, founder-editor of Tehelka magazine who was accused of sexual assault by a woman colleague, is currently lodged in Sada sub-jail.

Police to file chargesheet by 5th February

The chargesheet against Tehelka founder editor Tarun Tejpal in connection with the sexual assault case would be filed by next week.

"The chargesheet in Tehelka case would be filed by February 5. The investigation in the case is almost over," a senior crime branch official said.
    
A former junior woman journalist of the Tehelka magazine had alleged that Tejpal had sexually assaulted her inside the lift of a five-star hotel during an event in Goa in November last year.

Tejpal (50) was arrested by the crime branch police on November 30 in Goa after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by a local court.
    
He is currently lodged in Sada sub jail after the court sent him in judicial custody. The investigating officer has already recorded several statements, including that of former Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury and Tejpal's daughter, along with the deposition of the victim in connection with the case.

The crime branch officials expect to file a "water tight" case against Tejpal.

(JPN/Agencies)

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