The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Goa government on a petition filed by Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal seeking bail in a case relating to the alleged rape of his colleague.

A Bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and N.V. Ramana issued a notice returnable in four weeks after hearing senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for Mr. Tejpal. Mr. Salve pleaded for interim bail to the petitioner stating that he would not leave the limits of Goa during the pendency of the trial. The Bench, however, said it would consider the plea only after hearing the response from the Goa Police.

Mr. Tejpal, who was arrested on November 30, 2013, in his special leave petition challenged the March 14 verdict of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court refusing to release him on bail.

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