In a letter to Tehelka's Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury, Butalia, Director of Zubaan Books publishing house, said she was recusing herself from heading the committee set up under the Vishakha guidelines. She was appointed by Tehelka to head its internal probe panel.
In a tweet, Zubaan Books said on Monday, "Zubaan would like to clarify that our director Urvashi Butalia is not on the committee Tehelka was planning to set up in line with the Vishakha guidelines, nor on any other committee related to the Tejpal case. On Friday the 22nd of November, Urvashi wrote to @ShomaChaudhury, saying that any such committee which was planned was redundant now that due process under the law had begun."
Responding to the above statement, Tehalka said on a social networking site on Monday, "Since last Thursday, Tehelka has requested several people to be a part of the Sexual Harassment Enquiry Committee in Tehelka, including eminent people like Urvashi Butalia, Inakshi Ganguly, Sharmila Tagore, Justice Leela Seth, Prem Shankar Jha, Uma Chakravarti, Vrinda Grover and several others. “

“Tehelka has also written to the complainant journalist asking her to suggest some names for the committee, but she hasn't replied. However, despite all our efforts, there is a strong sense amongst lawyers and activists that, given that a criminal enquiry by Goa police was started on Thursday itself and a criminal case has now been filed, an Enquiry Committee would not have any legal standing,” the statement added.
Hence, many of the people Tehelka has approached wish to recue themselves from the committee. We are trying to persuade them to reconsider and remain committed to having such a committee to investigate this matter.


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