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Updated: November 28, 2013 03:17 IST

I’m not politicising Tejpal case: Parrikar

Prakash Kamat
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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday rubbished charges that the BJP and he were politicising the alleged sexual assault of a woman journalist by Tehelka Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal. File photo
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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday rubbished charges that the BJP and he were politicising the alleged sexual assault of a woman journalist by Tehelka Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal. File photo

My only interest is to ensure the victim gets justice, he says

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday rubbished charges that the Bharatiya Janata Party and he were politicising the alleged sexual assault of a woman journalist by Tehelka Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal.

At a specially convened press conference at the Secretariat here on Wednesday, Mr. Parrikar denied that he was taking any undue interest in the case. He asserted that his only interest was to ensure that the victim, who had made such serious charges, got justice. He wanted the case fast-tracked. But that, he said, would be decided by the judiciary. The Chief Minister rejected Mr. Tejpal’s claim that the BJP was pressuring police to act against him.

“Such high profile cases should not be dragged on. They are basically a shocker to public faith,” Mr. Parrikar said. He was of the view that justice should be given to the victim, who felt offended and criminally intimidated.

“I don’t come under pressure from anyone. My only instruction to the police is to not get pressured due to the profile of the accused.,” he said.

After he was persistently bombarded with calls from journalists asking about the investigation, he directed the Director-General of Police to arrange for daily media-briefings. He decided to come to the press as some media reports insinuated that he was seeking hourly reports from the police over the issue.

Calls for restraint

“I have no time or inclination to do so. Investigation will take its own course. The matter is sensitive and as such media needs to maintain restraint and allow the investigating agencies to do the job in a legal way. It is neither my practice nor habit to conduct briefing on police investigations,” he said.

The government did not intend to monitor the case except asking the police for speedy disposal of the case. “If anything like that can ever be proved, I will quit politics. I believe that law should be followed in letter and principle,” he said.

When he was told that the Congress was saying that for a fair trial, the case has to be moved out of Goa, he asked if Mr. Tejpal was a “Congress stooge” and wondered why some Congress Union Ministers were supporting him.

“It was his guilty conscience that made him confess,” Mr. Parrikar said in the context of Mr. Tejpal’s email to Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury in response to his junior colleague’s complaint.

Mr. Parrikar declined to comment on observations of some national leaders of the BJP. “I am the Goa Chief Minister. As an administrator, I am acting to ensure that the victim gets speedy justice. I am not going to say anything on the comments of BJP leaders,” he said.

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as a chief minister he is morally bound to let the law take its own
course.I am appalled to see that in our democratic country even
perpetrators have supports of intellectuals and public at large.

from:  shankh dhar
Posted on: Nov 27, 2013 at 19:00 IST

Mr. Parikkar! I as one of the citizen of moral India is with you. The
people who preach to others on rational grounds do so while they
themselves indulge in all immoral acts taking advantage of their
position under the cloak of righteousness. The report in "The Hindu"
on Tejpal's anticipatory bail plea he has said as though it was a
consensual act which went wrong thereby trying to sully and bully the
woman reporter. God give her the strength to fight this man who may
stoop down to any level. The people on their part instead of finding
fault with the police should refrain from comments that would affect
the girl. As for Tejpal he deserves punishment for the act he has
committed as per his own versions and deserve no sympathy from the
society as he must have continued this sort of acts right from the
time he has started his mudslinging media house.

from:  kasthuri rangan
Posted on: Nov 27, 2013 at 18:42 IST

Sane, sensible, aggressive, yet not getting carried away. Wish we had
more CMs like Mr. Parrikar.

from:  Realist
Posted on: Nov 27, 2013 at 18:27 IST
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