The former woman journalist with Tehelka magazine, who accused 50-year-old Tejpal of sexual assault, and the accused were with the Hollywood star a little before the alleged offence took place in November last year.

The Crime Branch probing the case had sent a questionnaire to De Niro earlier this month, requesting him to respond to it.

"We are still waiting for the response despite sending him the reminder," a senior crime branch official said on Monday.

The actor was contacted through his attorney before sending the questions.

The police officials are expected to file a chargesheet in the case by month end.

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.

Tejpal is currently lodged in Sada sub jail in judicial custody after a local court rejected his bail plea.


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