New Delhi, November 27: The Supreme Court division bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan today, extended the stay on the Trial against former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal in connection with the rape case registered against him with the Goa police in February 2014.
Earlier, on October 4, the Court had asked the Trial Court to stay proceedings in the hearing of the rape case against Tejpal till October 31.
On November 9, the Court once again directed the Trial Court to stay the trial in the rape case till November 27.
Citing the same, on November 15, the Trial Court at Mapusa postponed the hearing in the alleged sexual assault case to December 17 for cross-examination of the victim.
Tarun Tejpal, former editor-in-chief of Tehalka magazine is accused of sexually assaulting a woman colleague inside an elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa during Think Fest conference, which was organised by his publication.
Tejpal challenged the Trial Court’s charges framed against him under various sections of Indian Penal Code including that of sexual harassment, in the Apex Court. He approached Apex Court seeking a discharge from the case when the Bombay High Court dismissed his petition for the same.
As per the facts, the woman had initially complained to her seniors at Tehelka and a series of leaked emails between her, Tejpal and the magazine's the then Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhary, were published by the media, on the basis of which the Goa police began an investigation in the issue.
Goa Police then filed a first information report (FIR) as the incident took place in Goa.
On 30 November 2013, Goa police issued a non-bailable warrant against Tejpal and arrested him when his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Court. The police claimed that the CCTV footage from the hotel corroborates the woman's allegations against Tejpal.
Tejpal was lodged at the Sada sub-jail of Goa's Vasco for six months.
On 1st July 2014, the Supreme Court granted him bail. Tejpal has been out on bail since 2014.
Tejpal and his magazine Tehalka, were earlier been involved in highlighting the issue of sexual violence in India.