Goa Police question Tehelka managing editor, colleagues

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 24, 2013 13:20 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) Goa Police Sunday questioned Tehelka's managing editor Shoma Chaudhury and three others following an accusation that Tarun Tejpal, the 50-year-old founder of the news magazine, sexually assaulted a junior colleague.

A three-member Goa Police team, which arrived in the national capital Saturday, questioned Chaudhury for over nine hours from 4.30 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at the magazine's south Delhi office.

Her other colleagues -- Shougat Dasgupta, G. Vishnu and Ishan Tankha -- were questioned for around four hours Sunday at Goa Sadan, the state government's guest house in New Delhi area.

"I was questioned about nine hours. I fully cooperated and shared every document that is relevant... it was good experience. I hope clarity in truth and justice," Chaudhury told reporters post questioning.

Asked about the three colleagues, who too were quizzed, she said: "The only thing I would say to everybody involved is that they should speak the truth fearlessly and I really hope some justice and truth comes into this case finally."

The woman had mentioned the names of the three in her email to Chaudhury.

According to sources, Goa Police have seized Chaudhury's Central Processing Unit (CPU), laptop and iPad along with Tejpal's CPU. Some CDs and a few hard discs were also seized from the Tehelka office.

But Tehelka denied seizure of any documents.

"Goa Police also seized the joining and transfer letter of the victim," said a Delhi Police source.

The Goa Police probe team returned home Sunday afternoon.

The young Tehelka journalist in her complaint to Chaudhury had said Tejpal sexually assaulted her twice in the elevator in the Club House section of the Grand Hyatt five-star resort during the news magazine's high-profile ThinkFest conference earlier this month.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) Sunday asked Mumbai police to ensure security of the woman journalist.

The NCW spoke to the Mumbai police chief after a statement was issued by the woman, who is based in Mumbai, that she fears "intimidation and harassment" as Tejpal's family is putting pressure on her family.

"NCW is concerned following the statement and have spoken to Mumbai police chief Himanshu Roy to ensure the girl's security," said NCW member Nirmala Samant.

She said Mumbai police have assured her that they will provide all necessary protection to the woman in case she approaches them.

"NCW is there to ensure her safety and security," Samant said.

Tejpal in a statement released Friday requested investigators to "examine and release the CCTV footage so that the accurate version of events stands clearly revealed".

The matter came to light after intra-office communication between Tejpal, Chaudhury and the woman was leaked to the media last week. Chaudhury too has been accused of trying to hush up the matter.

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