Journalist Tarun Tejpal on Wednesday stepped down as the Editor-in-Chief investigative magazine Tehelka for six months over allegations of sexual harassment of a journalist.
In an e-mail sent to the weekly magazine´s Managing Editor, Shoma Chaudhury as quoted by the media, Tejpal said: "The last few days have been most testing, and I squarely take the blame for this. A bad lapse of judgment, an awful misreading of the situation, have led to an unfortunate incident that rails against all we believe in and fight for. I have already unconditionally apologised for my misconduct to the concerned journalist, but I feel impelled to atone further."
"I feel atonement cannot be just words. I must do the penance that lacerates me. I am therefore offering to recuse myself from the editorship of Tehelka, and from the Tehelka office, for the next six months," he said.
Ina statement to NDTV channel, Shoma Chaudhary, Managing Editor at Tehelka, said: "This is an internal matter. The journalist concerned is satisfied with the action taken. Tarun Tejpal´s recusing himself is in keeping with the principles of right response and standards that we want to live by."
According to reports, Chaudhury will take part of the magazine during this period.