PANJIM: Tarun Tejpal, the founder of Tehelka, has been arrested on charges of raping a junior colleague after a court in Goa rejected his anticipatory bail plea.
Tejpal was arrested from the Goa crime branch office, where he had been camping since 4:30 p.m (India time).
The 50-year-old will be taken into custody after a medical check-up. Tejpal will tomorrow be produced in court, which will decide the duration of his remand.
Judge Anuja Prabhudesai, who was hearing the bail plea, allowed Tejpal to take the assistance of his lawyer briefly once a day during interrogation after he is taken into custody. He will also be allowed to have home-cooked food.
Earlier in the day, Tejpal had offered to submit his passport in court to avoid arrest. He was present in court, along with his wife and daughter.
“Mr Tejpal is ready to stay in Goa till the time it was required by the investigating agency,” his lawyer said.
The public prosecutor however argued that prima facie a case is established against the Tehelka founder and the police want his “custodial interrogation.” The prosecutor said Tejpal’s “immaculate reputation had gone for a toss and being in custody will not dent it any further.”
The prosecution also said the CCTV footage from the hotel confirmed sexual assault and that the defense had ‘added salt to injury by questioning the integrity of the girl’. They said the woman journalist has been consistent with her version, but Tejpal has been “changing colors like a chameleon.”