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Bombay HC permits Goa govt to amend its appeal

ANI
24 Jun 2021, 19:55 GMT+10

Panaji (Goa) [India], June 24 (ANI): The Bombay High Court at Goa on Thursday permitted the State government to further amend its appeal against Tarun Tejpal, former editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, in an alleged sexual assault case.

The next hearing on the matter is on June 29, Pravin Faldessai, Assistant Solicitor General of India and Additional Public Prosecutor told ANI on phone.

Earlier on June 3, the High Court of Bombay has issued a notice to journalist Tarun Tejpal on the appeal filed by the Goa government against recent acquittal in the 2013 alleged sexual assault case.

The vacation bench of Bombay High Court in Goa had on May 27 adjourned the hearing of the appeal in the acquittal verdict of Tarun Tejpal, former editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, in the sexual assault case.

The Bombay High Court bench in Goa on May 27 directed the Additional District and Sessions Court in North Goa to rewrite references that reveal the identity of the victim in its 527-page order.

Tejpal was arrested on November 30 in 2013 after allegedly raping his colleague at a five-star resort in North Goa.

Tejpal was already out on bail. On September 29, 2017, the court had charged him with various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including rape, sexual harassment, and wrongful confinement. He, however, pleaded not guilty.

Following the framing of charges, Tejpal moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the charges levelled against him.

In August, the top court refused to quash the charges and directed the trial to be concluded within six months. (ANI)

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