A Goa court today said that framing of charges against former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal in a rape case will take place on September 28. Tejpal, who is out on bail, today attended the court in north Goa’s Mapusa which was hearing arguments before the framing of charges, a stage before the start of trial.
A woman journalist working with Tehelka magazine had accused him of raping her during an event in Goa in 2013. Goa crime branch had filed charge sheet in the case in 2014.
His lawyer Pramod Dubey said the charges against the editor will be framed under Sections 354 (A), 354 (B), 341,342,376(2)F,376(2)K of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Section 376 that carries punishment of up to life imprisonment are not included, Dubey said.
“The court has directed the charges should be framed against the accused for the offences alleged in the case. In addition, the court has added IPC section 354 B," public prosecutor Fransisco Tavora was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.