Dodging a combined team of Goa and Delhi police that visited his house in Delhi at the crack of dawn to arrest him, Tejpal landed in Panaji around the time District and Sessions judge Anuja Prabhudesai gave him the reprieve till Saturday morning.
The judge, who had issued non-bailable warrants to Goa and Delhi Police for his arrest earlier in the morning, later stayed his arrest till 2.30 pm on an anticipatory bail application moved by Tejpal's lawyers
During arguments on the bail application in the post-lunch session, Tejpal's lawyer Geeta Luthra contended that he was a man of high integrity and reputation and that the CCTV footage of the hotel will exonerate him.
The complaint from the victim, who was seen normal even after the alleged incident, came 10 days after the said episode, she argued.
After securing the relief, Tejpal, the founding editor of the weekly where the victim was working as the journalist and was allegedly assaulted in five star hotel lift earlier this month, left Delhi by a 2.30 PM flight, accompanied by his wife Geetan Batra, other family members and lawyers.
Before boarding the aircraft, Tejpal said he was going to Goa as he has got summons from the police.
Television journalists on board the same flight milled around an unwilling Tejpal for comments that the air crew reportedly threatened to make an emergency landing in some other destination.

Tarun Tejpal with his daughter and wife at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi


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Tejpal faced some protests and black flag demonstration by BJP's youth wing activists as he left the Dabolim airport amidst tight security. Luthra said Tejpal was a free man but would be joining investigations whenever the investigating officer calls him. He has come to Goa to join the probe, she said.

During arguments, Luthra twice took the name of the victim to which the public prosecutor took strong exception. The judge sternly told the lawyer this was not right on her part to name the victim. "You know the law is strict on it," the judge said.
Luthra said none of the charges of rape, outraging the modesty of a woman and custodial rape have been made out against him. She said strange procedures have been adopted in the case. "I fear that there is some political hand in it resulting in tainted investigation."

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She said Tejpal stood for human rights. He has ruffled many feathers within own community and also political leaders because of which he is not getting opportunity to have any say.
When the judge asked whether the allegations against him were politically motivated, the lawyer refused to say they were political. Luthra said the allegations were post facto—almost eleven days after the alleged incident.
"My client is a person of great integrity and reputation. For three years Tehelka was persecuted. It is easy to get him into disrepute, the credibility (has been) created over 50 years. My client was created many enemies. His sting operations had even forced the defence minister to resign,"


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