Tarun Tejpal walking out of the Bombay High Court at Altinho Panaji on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Atish Pomburfekar

The former editor has been accused of raping a former junior female colleague during an event in Goa in 2013.

The Bombay High Court at Goa on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal’s plea to quash proceedings against him in the trial court, to December 12. The interim stay on the commencement of trial will continue.

The hearing on Wednesday was adjourned at the request of Mr. Tejpal on the ground that the mother of his lawyer, Aman Lekhi passed away.

Earlier, the High Court had refused to stay the process of framing of charges against Mr. Tejpal at a lower court in Mapusa in North Goa, but, simultaneously, directed that the trial could begin only after its consent.

The former editor has been accused of raping a former junior female colleague during an event in Goa in 2013.

Mr. Tejpal faces charges under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code had been endorsed by the court, while an additional Section 354 (b) (criminal assault with intent to disrobe) had been added.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/tarun-tejpals-plea-to-quash-proceedings-adjourned/article19961048.ece

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