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Sexual assault case: SC grants bail to Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal

Jul 01, 2014 12:36 PM IST India India
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New Delhi: In what comes as huge relief for Tehelka founder editor Tarun Tejpal, the Supreme Court on Tuesday granted him bail in the sexual assault case. Tejpal has told the court that he will not tamper with evidence or threaten witnesses.

The Goa government had earlier opposed the grant of interim relief to 51-year-old Tejpal, saying that the victim and her boyfriend were getting threatening emails from some phishing sites and they seemed to be under some surveillance.

The apex court had earlier on May 19 granted him interim bail for three weeks to enable him to attend the cremation of his mother, who had died on May 18, and subsequent rituals.

Tejpal has been chargesheeted for allegedly raping, sexually harassing and outraging the modesty of a junior colleague during an event held at a hotel in Goa in November last year. Tejpal was arrested on November 30, 2013 and is presently out on interim bail.

He has been accused of sexually assaulting the victim on November 7 and repeating the offence the next day. Before being released on interim bail, he was lodged at Sada sub-jail in Goa's Vasco town.

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