In Delhi, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said, "Tejpal will be tried in a fast track court. We will follow the Supreme Court's guidelines and have a female judge in this case." (Agencies)
"I will see to it that justice is given to the girl. No one need be worried that Tejpal, just because of his earlier background, will be treated in a wrong way or a different way," he said while responding to a question at a function.
Tehelka's sting operation had led to the resignation of the then BJP president Bangaru Laxman who was caught on tape accepting money from undercover television reporters in connection with a purported defence deal.
In Panaji, a senior police officer said, "The investigation is heading in the right direction and we are interrogating Tejpal in detail...He is cooperating. The detailed statements of Tejpal are being recorded by a team led by Investigating Officer (IO) Sunita Sawant under the supervision of Deputy Superintendent of Police Sammy Tavares.”
"Tejpal has been maintaining that the act was consensual though he has not denied having indulged in the act," the officer said on the condition of anonymity.
He has corroborated what the young girl has stated in her complaint, except that the act was "forced upon the girl," and has so far stuck to his version that the act was consensual, the official said.
Tejpal, who has been in police custody since Saturday night, has been spending much of his time going around pathological labs at Goa Medical College and OPD of the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour (IPHB).
Tejpal will now undergo a third round of medical tests. "We hardly get time to interrogate him. The Goa Medical College has now called (him) for the third round of medical examination," an official said, adding that GMC has been conducting all the tests which are mandatory as per the procedure.
Tejpal spent the entire day at GMC on December 2, followed by Wednesday. The interrogation of the accused began on Sunday at the Crime Branch.
Tejpal has admitted to writing an email to the woman journalist and also to the then Managing Editor of Tehelka, Shoma Chowdhury about the incident. The investigators said they will seek extension of Tejpal's police custody when his six-day remand ends on Friday.
"The summons has been issued to Shoma and three witnesses. We have to question Tejpal based on the statement by them before the magistrate. We will ask for extension of his police custody," a senior official said.
Tejpal has been accused of sexually assaulting the woman journalist in an elevator at a prominent hotel in Panaji during the ThinkFest event held earlier last month. The girl has said that she was sexually assaulted twice by Tejpal on two consecutive days.
To a volley of questions, Parrikar said, "Justice delayed is justice denied" and speedy justice should be given in all the cases. He also noted that Goa has a record of just a few backlogs of cases.”
When asked on why he chose to tell the media that probe will be conducted in a fair manner and without interference, he said he was merely replying to questions from reporters.
"This is a matter of criminal investigation. It’s not my habit to interfere in criminal investigation," he said.
In Delhi, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said, "Tejpal will be tried in a fast track court. We will follow the Supreme Court's guidelines and have a female judge in this case."