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Crime Branch returns without questioning Tejpal

The Goa police team in the capital since Saturday has returned without questioning former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal, who is accused of raping a junior colleague. An official said the police wanted to speak to the woman before proceeding against Tejpal.

The Goa police team, however, questioned Tehelka’s magazine’s managing editor Shoma Chaudhary for over nine hours on Saturday night and recorded statements of three Tehelka employees on Sunday whom the woman had informed of the incident immediately after the alleged sexual assault last week in Goa.

A police team from Goa could now head for Mumbai to record the woman’s statement and return to Delhi in the next few days to question Tejpal. “We need to make a solid case against Tejpal after recording statements of the victim and other witnesses. Material evidence in the case including e-mail exchanged between the victim, the accused and Chaudhary are already in our possession,” an investigating official said, who cannot be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Deputy Inspector General of Police of Goa OP Mishra said in Panaji that his team has not established contact with Tejpal yet. “We will proceed as per the standard protocol followed in such cases. At an appropriate time, we will get in touch (with Tejpal),” Mishra said. He said “many things” have emerged during the probe and if required, additional charges could be pressed against Tejpal. The victim, in a statement to media on Saturday, had said she was being intimidated by Tejpal’s family in the matter. DIG Mishra also warned of strict action against certain posts on social networking sites, saying circulation of e-mail involving the case of sexual assault may have criminal implications.

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