Hearing on the bail application of Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexual assault on a journalist colleague, began before District and Sessions judge Anuja Prabhudesai here on Saturday. His lawyer Amit Desai, who was heard on the point of law in open court, will continue his arguments, in camera, on Tuesday, based on the material produced by the prosecution. The prosecution will reply later in open court.

Earlier, making a forceful plea for an in-camera hearing after the court had rejected it, the lawyer said Mr. Tejpal was a victim of media frenzy and media trial. An in-camera session would facilitate effective hearing on the bail plea in terms of the mandate of Article 21 of the Constitution.

It was obligatory, at the stage of bail, for the court to harmonise the presumption of innocence of the accused with the material collected during the investigation which was considered to be of a sensitive nature, the lawyer said.

Opposing the plea, senior advocate Sarat Lotlikar, appearing for the State, said that in an in-camera hearing, limits were exceeded in the name of protecting the interests of the accused.