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Cross examination in Tarun Tejpal sexual abuse case adjourned to November 11

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Mapusa: The Goa court on Wednesday adjourned the cross examinatio of the victim in Tehelka founder editor Tarun Tejpal sexual abuse case to November 11.

The case is being tried before District Judge Shama Joshi at Mapusa town.

Advocate Rajiv Gomes representing Tejpal said that the cross examination could not be taken up on Tuesday as the defence counsel Shrikant Shivde sought an adjournment.

The cross examination of the victim would now be held on November 11, 12, 13 and 14, he said.

Tejpal was present in the court on Tuesday.

Gomes said that during the trial on Tuesday, the defence lawyer pointed out a legal point on admission of validity of a document produced by the prosecution.

The court has fixed hearing on the legal on point on October 31.

A Supreme Court bench in August asked the Goa court to complete the trial in the case, preferably within six months, and refused Tejpal’s plea to quash the First Information Report (FIR) filed against him.

Tejpal allegedly sexually assaulted the complainant inside an elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa in 2013.He has denied the allegations levelled against him.Tejpal was arrested on November 30, 2013 by the crime branch after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court.

He has been out on bail since May 2014.In September last year, the district court framed charges against Tejpal.He was booked under various Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 350 (criminal force), 376 (rape) and 354(A) and (B) (sexually coloured remarks and use of criminal force on woman).He had earlier also moved the Bombay High Court, seeking a stay on framing of charges against him, but his petition was dismissed.

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