The High Court has also rejected Tejpal's plea for interim protection against arrest till pronouncement of order on November 29.

The Tehelka Editor, in his bail plea, had denied the allegation and accused Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of taking undue interest in the case.

Tejpal had claimed that he was falsely implicated in the case at the behest of BJP. He has alleged that BJP has "unleashed the wrath of its vengeance upon him in the garb of the present FIR".

His bail plea was opposed by both the Goa and Delhi Police.

The judge had on Tuesday sought reply of the Goa Police on the scribe's plea whose application for transit bail was opposed by the Delhi Police.

Victim deposes before magistrate in Goa

The victim appeared before a judicial magistrate in Goa to depose. Police sources said the woman was secretly flown to Goa and taken to a trial court complex in Panaji, where her statement was recorded before a judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) in 'B' Court under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Goa Police issue summons to Tarun Tejpal

Meanwhile, the Goa Police  has  issued summons to the Tehelka Editor. A senior police official confirmed that Tejpal has been issued summons to remain present before the investigating officer.

He, however, refused to mention whether the accused has been given any date or time to present himself before the investigating authority. The Goa Police crime branch is investigating the complaint against Tejpal by the woman journalist.
   
The Goa Police had on November 22 lodged an FIR against Tejpal under IPC sections 376 (rape), 376 (2)(k) (rape by a person of a woman in his custody taking advantage of his official position) and 354 (outraging modesty) in connection with the incident.
    
The police had on Tuesday issued an "immigration check post alert" against Tejpal so that he cannot leave the country.

(JPN/Agencies)

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Delhi HC to hear Tarun Tejpal's anticipatory bail plea at 3.30 pm

       

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday deferred till 3.30 pm the hearing on the anticipatory bail plea of Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal in a sexual assault case on the ground that his lawyers were busy in the Apex Court.

       

"Put up for hearing at 3.30 pm," Justice Sunita Gupta said.

       

At the start of the hearing, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Goa police, said he was ready to argue the case and had kept the morning hours only for it.

 

However, the counsel for Tejpal told the bench, "Senior advocate K T S Tulsi is busy arguing a part-heard matter in the Supreme Court and I seek pass over in this case."

       

Earlier, the court had issued notice to the Goa Police for on Wednesday and rejected the plea of Tejpal for grant of interim protection against arrest.

       

The Tehelka Editor, in his bail plea, had denied the allegation and accused Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of taking undue interest in the case.

       

Tejpal has claimed that he was falsely implicated in the case at the behest of BJP. He has alleged that BJP has "unleashed the wrath of its vengeance upon him in the garb of the present FIR".

       

His bail plea was opposed by both the Goa and Delhi police. The judge had yesterday sought reply of the Goa police on the scribe's plea whose application for transit bail was opposed by the Delhi police.

       

The Goa Police has registered the FIR against Tejpal for allegedly sexually assaulting his junior on November 7 and 8 at a hotel in Panaji.

       

The alleged incident happened in a lift in a five-star and the victim yesterday recorded her statement before the Goa police in Mumbai.

       

Senior advocate Tulsi had on Tuesday said in the court, "This has become a political battle. I am entitled to interim protection as has been the practice in this court.

       

"At best, the case is of section 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman) of the IPC and it is the figment of imagination that it has become a case of section 376 (rape) of the IPC."