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Tejpal: hearing adjourned to April 22

A file picture shows former Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka arrives in Panaji in connection the sexual assault on a woman journalist. Photo: Special Arrangement.  

Fast Track Court in Panaji on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on Tehelka co-founder Tarun Tejpal's application seeking unedited CCTV coverage in the junior female journalist sexual assault and rape case to April 22.

On April 22, the hearing will enable prosecution and defendants to come to a common ground over what needs to be furnished and what has already been furnished to defendants, based on material on which the respondents have relied upon in the charge sheet already filed by Goa Crime Branch in the case.

The Court will then pass a final order asking the prosecution to seek the help of experts Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Hyderabad to give the copies of the material including CCTV footage presently in the custody of the Court.

In the course of the hearing on the application on Wednesday, Additional Sessions Judge Vijaya Pol observed that as per the Supreme Court, ''whatever is sent to the trial court has to be given to the defendents'.

The accused, among other documents, has sought the unedited CCTV footage of the five star hotel in Goa from November 7 to 29, 2013, where the alleged incident had happened during annual ThinkFest of Tehelka magazine in early November last year.

Mr. Tejpal, accused in the case, who is presently in Judicial Custody at Sada Sub Jail, Vasco in south Goa, was present in the court during the hearing.

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