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Tejpal seeks adjournment of trial till November

Panaji: The former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, on Monday, requested the trial court in North Goa to adjourn the trial till November, as one of his Pune-based advocates is not available currently, however, the court said that the hearing can’t be adjourned for so long as there is a direction of Supreme Court to sum up the trial in a time-bound manner.

However, the judge also said that he will be hearing the matter only for today, and during the next hearing the earlier judge who has heard the case will hear the matter, and so, the request can be placed during the next hearing.

The court has requested all the parties to cooperate in the trial and not to do unnecessary delay.

The court will hear the case on October 7. The special public prosecutor Francisco Tavora said that the trial would continue ‘in-camera’ on account of the sensitivity of the case.

The trial which began in September 2017 was delayed after Tejpal appealed to the Supreme Court pleading quashing of the charges framed against him by the Additional District and Sessions Court, Mapusa. The apex court, while disposing his plea in August this year, had directed the lower court to complete the trial preferably within six months.

Tejpal is charged with several sections of the IPC for allegedly sexually assaulting the junior colleague inside a lift of a resort hotel in Goa during the magazine’s event in November 2013.

Tejpal has been booked under sections 376 (rape), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement) 354A (sexual harassment) and 354B (criminal assault), of the Indian Penal Code.

Tejpal is alleged to have sexually assaulted the complainant inside an elevator of a hotel in Goa in 2013.

He has denied the allegations. He was arrested on November 30, 2013 by the Crime Branch after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court.

He has been out on bail since May 2014.

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