Judicial Magistrate First Class Sarika Faldesai extended the judicial custody of Tejpal, after his initial 12-day custody expired on Monday. Tejpal, who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman journalist, has been lodged in Sada sub jail near Vasco town.
    
The lawyers representing Tejpal on Monday moved a petition before the district court seeking his bail stating that "the accused has not been questioned by police since he was lodged in the judicial custody."

The petition mentions that Tejpal was only questioned when he was in the police lock-up, and was not interrogated from the time he was remanded in judicial custody. Hearing on the bail petition would be held on December 26.
    
Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a junior woman colleague in a hotel here in early November, was arrested by Goa Police on November 30.

The founder-editor of Tehelka has been booked under Section 354-A (sexual harassment, physical contact, advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures, or any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature), 376 (rape) and 376(2)(k) (rape by a person of a woman in his custody taking advantage of his official position) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Tejpal has also been charged with section 341 (wrongful restraint) and section 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code.

(JPN/Agencies)

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