Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar on Saturday said criminal proceedings must be initiated against Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal.

Talking to reporters after delivering the Foundation Day Lecture at Mount Carmel College here, Mr. Aiyar said that what Mr. Tejpal did or attempted to do certainly constituted violation of a criminal law. “Therefore, he’ll have to be proceeded against. He will be given the opportunity in the Indian justice system to defend himself. It is awful that such distinguished journalist should have allowed himself to indulge in such a criminal act because it seems to be that in terms of presenting the law, whatever he did or attempted to do constitutes violation of criminal law.”

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