Tejpal, who has spent more than a month cumulatively in police and judicial custody, was presented before Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Panaji, on Saturday.

His defence argued that Tejpal should be released on bail because police had not shown any interest in questioning him during his tenure in judicial lock-up.

The prosecution, however, claimed that Tejpal should be in custody until the entire investigation is completed.

Tejpal, arrested on November 30, has now spent Christmas as well as the New Year as prisoner number 624 at Sada Sub-Jail in port town of Vasco, around 35 km from here.

He was arrested on November 30 after a junior colleague accused him of sexual assault during a conference held at a Goa resort,


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