Tejpal, whose request for extension of time till Saturday for appearance before the Investigating Officer (IO) was rejected on Thursday, has now told Goa police that he will appear before them on Friday in the investigations, his lawyer Sandeep Kapur said.
On a day of dramatic developments when earlier reports spoke of Tejpal producing himself before the Goa police by the 3 PM deadline, he changed strategy and sought extension of time.
And in the Delhi High Court he sought withdrawal of his petition seeking anticipatory bail saying he would move the appropriate court for appropriate remedy.
The dice was loaded against the founding Editor of the magazine when two hours after the 3 PM deadline passed and he failed to appear before the police, DIG O P Mishra said the IO has not accepted his request for extension "in view of the seriousness of the crime and is further proceeding in this case as per law empowered."
Asked whether securing a non-bailable warrant (NBW) was an option before the police, he said, "these are logical steps that we are required to follow.  I cannot divulge to you each and every step of investigation."
When pressed further whether arrest was being thought of, he shot back, "there should be no doubt that the next logical steps is that.  The IO is proceeding as per logical and legal protocol."
Police sources said the crime branch moved the Sessions court for issue of an NBW with which Tejpal could be arrested. The court is expected to give its order on Friday morning.

 Tejpal withdraws bail plea in Delhi HC to move 'appropriate' court   

In a change of strategy, Tarun Tejpal withdrew his bail plea in the Delhi High Court, saying he will "approach appropriate court for appropriate remedy".

A day before the High Court was to pass order on his bail plea, Tejpal counsel made the plea which was allowed by Justice Sunita Gupta who had on Tuesday reserved her order in the matter. "We told the judge that we are withdrawing it with a liberty to approach appropriate court for appropriate remedy which also includes anticipatory bail and the court allowed our plea," advocate Sandeep Kapur, appearing for Tejpal, said.

Tejpal had stepped down as Tehelka Editor-in-Chief for six months in the wake of the sexual assault case against him.

Fearing arrest by Goa police in connection with the case, Tejpal had approached the High Court seeking either anticipatory or transit bail.
Amidst speculation that Tejpal might approach the Supreme Court, his wife, daughter and some close friends were seen in the Apex Court in the morning along with his counsel Geeta Luthra and Kapur. Kapur, however, said that Tejpal is not planning to move the Apex Court in the matter.

Tejpal had on Wednesday failed to get any immediate relief on his anticipatory bail petition in the Delhi High Court. The Goa police direction to him on Wednesday came after the victim, who has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by him in a lift in a five-star hotel in Goa earlier this month, recorded her statement under Section 164 of CrPC before a magistrate in Panaji.

READ MORE: Shoma Chaudhury meets NCW member

Meanwhile, former Managing Editor of Tehelka Shoma Chaudhury met NCW member in-charge of Goa Shamina Shafiq and is understood to have briefed her about the magazine's response in dealing with alleged sexual assault case against its editor Tarun Tejpal.
Chaudhury visited the NCW office in Central Delhi and briefed Shafiq about the response of Tehelka after receiving complaints of the victim, sources said.

Accused of attempting a cover up, Shoma Chaudhury resigned as Managing Editor of Tehelka.

The victim, a former journalist of Tehelka, who was allegedly sexually assaulted in a lift in a five-star hotel in Goa earlier this month, on Wednesday arrived in Panaji and recorded her statement under Section 164 of CrPC before a local court.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had on Thursday dismissed Tejpal's accusations that the BJP government in the state was pursuing vendetta against him because of the sting operation conducted by his organization that unseated party President Bangaru Laxman and other issues.

READ MORE: Shoma Chaudhary resigns from Tehelka

The woman journalist resigned from Tehelka on Monday.

Kapur was seen with Tejpal's wife, daughter and friends in the Supreme Court premises.
Tejpal's plea seeking two more days to appear before the Goa police is significant as the Delhi High Court is likely to pronounce its order on Friday on his anticipatory bail petition.
The Tehelka Editor had on November 20 accepted "misconduct" against the woman journalist and offered to recuse himself from the post and the office for six months.
Tehelka's Managing Editor Chaudhury and the magazine came under attack for maintaining that the alleged sexual assaults on November 7 and 8 were an internal issue.
On November 22, Goa police filed rape case against Tejpal.

Tejpal's first tryst with Goa Police

Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal had his first tryst with Goa Police a decade ago when he was stung by burglars while holidaying at a beach resort in Calangute.

Tejpal, known to vacation regularly in Goa, had complained to police in December 2003 that burglars struck one of the several hotel rooms occupied by his entourage.

"A case of burglary was registered at the Calangute police station. Some jewellery and cash worth Rs 60,000 were stolen," a police official said.


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Tehelka case: Goa police rejects Tejpal's plea for more time


Panaji: Goa police on Thursday rejected Tarun Tejpal's request for time till Saturday to appear before it and did not rule out his arrest after he failed to present himself before the 3 pm set by it on Thursday.


Without specifically saying whether a non-bailable warrant has been issued against Tejpal, DIG O P Mishra said "whatever logical and legal step as empowered by law has already been initiated".


The Goa police statement came two hours after Tejpal, accused of sexual assault of a woman journalist colleague of his in Goa earlier this month, chose not to appear before the IO and instead sought time till Saturday for the purpose.


"Keeping in view the seriousness of the offence, the Investigating Officer (IO) has not accepted his (Tejpal's) request (for more time) to appear before her," he said.


"The IO is now proceeding in the case as per law.  All other formalities will follow.  We will do them without any loss of time," he said without disclosing what the step was.


Asked whether a non-bailable warrant of arrest was being issued or whether he would be arrested, Mishra said, "it has serious implications and as per law empowered, we are proceeding without any further delay".


To a question again whether NBW will be issued, Mishra said that it is the logical and legal step.