A sessions court in Goa, which was expected to pronounce the verdict in the Tarun Tejpal case on Wednesday, adjourned the matter till May 21. The former Tehelka editor-in-chief is accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague inside the elevator of a luxury hotel in Goa in 2013.
The additional district court was to pronounce the verdict on April 27, but judge Kshama Joshi had then adjourned the verdict to May 12. The court had then said it will pronounce the verdict in the Tarun Tejpal case on May 19. However, it was adjourned again till May 21.
“The reason (for the adjournment) is that there was no electricity for the last 2-3 days and she (judge) could not work on it. So she requires time. So she has fixed the matter for 21st May, final order will be pronounced," Advocate Suhas Velip representing Tarun Tejpal told ANI.
The final argument in the 8-year-old trial against Tejpal concluded in March this year. The case has seen several twists and turns. The Goa police registered an FIR against Tejpal in November 2013 following which he was arrested. He has been out on bail since May 2014 and had denied the allegations.
The Goa crime branch had filed a charge sheet against Tejpal. He faced trial under IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage modesty), 354-A (sexual harassment), 354-B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 376(2)(f) (person in position of authority over women, committing rape) and 376(2)k) (rape by person in position of control).
He had earlier moved the Bombay High Court, seeking a stay on the framing of charges against him, but his petition was dismissed.