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Tejpal case: Cross examination to continue till Thursday

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Panaji:  The cross examination of the victim in Tehelka founder editor Tarun Tejpal sexual abuse case which began on Monday will continue till Thursday, a senior counsel said on Wednesday.

Public Prosecutor Frasisco Tavora told reporters on Wednesday that the District judge Shama Joshi in Mapusa town of North Goa is hearing the case against Tejpal lodged by his former woman colleague.

The cross examination of the victim began on November 11 and it will continue till November 14, the PP said.

The District Court had adjourned the case on October 24 after the victim was cross examined for two days.

Tejpal was also present during the trial on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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).

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