Tejpal reiterates plea for relevant documents

Additional Sessions judge posts hearing in sexual assault case on September 25

September 20, 2014 02:28 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:25 pm IST - PANAJI:

Tarun Tejpal, the co-founder of Tehelka accused of sexually assaulting a colleague, has prayed for a second time that the prosecution be directed to comply with a previous court order.

His September 9 application had sought that the prosecution provide copies of all the documents pertaining to the charge sheets to ensure a fair trial, as the court had ordered on May 3. The prosecution had termed the application as “frivolous, vexatious, legally untenable and an attempt to delay the disposal of the trial in the rape case.”

Additional Sessions judge Pramod V. Kamat on Friday posted the case for hearing on September 25 after taking on record the prosecution’s reply to Mr. Tejpal’s application as well as the latter’s rejoinder.

In his Friday rejoinder, Mr. Tejpal said the conduct of the prosecution had been iniquitous from the start and that it seemed bent on overriding statutory safeguards embedded in Section 207 of the Cr.PC (requiring that copy of police report and other documents be proffered to the accused).

Referring to an earlier application moved by prosecution for sending Mr. Tejpal’s Blackberry device to the company for retrieving the information therein, the accused said that when the matter was called before the court on September 6 for arguments, the Investigating Officer had been unable to assign any reasonable grounds and withdrawn the same.

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