Tehelka case: not sexual assault, “only light-hearted bantering,” says Tarun Tejpal to court

TejpalTarun Tejpal, the founder of  Tehelka who has been accused of raping a younger colleague by the Goa Police, has said to court that the “encounter was only light-hearted bantering which lead to a moment of privacy between the two individuals. ”

Mr Tejpal’s version of events – offered in the Delhi High Court to support his request for anticipatory or pre-trial bail – sharply contradict an earlier version of events he offered.  In an email to the young woman last week, he wrote, “I apologize unconditionally for the shameful lapse of judgment that led me to attempt a sexual liaison with you on two occasions…despite your clear reluctance.”

The court today gave him no relief and posted the hearing to tomorrow.

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