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Delhi HC refuses interim relief to Tejpal
November 26, 2013, 11:23 am

Justice Sunita Gupta refused to restrain the Goa Police from arresting Mr Tejpal. The court will take up the anticipatory bail plea on Wednesday.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to give protection against arrest to former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal, who faces charges of rape and molestation from a former staffer.

Justice Sunita Gupta refused to restrain the Goa Police from arresting Mr Tejpal. Mr Tejpal's lawyer had urged the Court to pass an oral order to the Goa Police not to arrest him. The Court dismissed the plea.

Earlier, counsel for the Goa Police vehemently opposed Mr Tejpal's application seeking anticipatory bail in the case. Opposing the application, counsel for the State Police submitted that Mr Tejapl could not be granted protection against his arrest keeping in view the gravity of the charges against him.

Mr Tejpal had sought protection against his imminent arrest in the case till Wednesday when the Court will take up his anticipatory bail application for hearing. The Goa Police are likely to complete the last leg of their preliminary probe on Tuesday with the recording of the statement of the victim before a magistrate under 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The statement under this Section is admissible in a court of law. Also, a rape accused can be held guilty of the crime solely on the basis of the victim's statement if the court finds it unassailable. Three of the victim's colleagues have reportedly already corroborated to the victim's charges to the Goa Police.

Later posting the matter for hearing on Wednesday, Justice Gupta asked the Goa Police to file a reply to the anticipatory bail application. The State Police had sought time to file the reply till November 29 but the Court refused to admit their request.

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