Goa court orders Tejpal’s in-camera trial for sexual assault

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Panaji, June 16 (IANS) A trial court in Goa on Friday accepted a plea by former Tehelka Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal for in-camera proceedings in a 2013 sexual assault case.

Tejpal is accused of sexually assaulting a junior colleague in an elevator at a five-star hotel during ThinkFest conference in Goa in 2013.

Tejpal’s counsel had moved an application under Section 327 (ii) of the Criminal Procedure Code for allowing in-camera trial. Additional District and Sessions Judge Vijaya Pol allowed the plea, Public Prosecutor Francisco Tavera told reporters on Friday.

The law provision allows for in-camera proceedings in sexual assault cases, if the presiding judge deems it fit.

Meanwhile, Tarun Tejpal evaded journalists waiting outside the courtroom in Mapusa town, a short distance from the state capital.

The next hearing is scheduled for Saturday.

–IANS

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