CCTV shows victim girl came out running of lift; not in 1-minute

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 27 November 2013 22:43 IST

The CCTV footage of Grand Hyatt corroborates with the deposition made by the victim girl, while dismissing the one-minute theory of Tarun Tejpal. It was over two minutes in the lift.

Though no camera footage inside the lift is available, the footage outside the elevator establishes the fact that ‘something’ happened inside the lift for almost over two minutes.

Tehelka founder editor Tejpal had earlier circulated a text message, stating that “the truth is it was an incredibly fleeting, totally consensual encounter of less than a minute in a lift (of a two-storey building!).”

Tejpal is presently facing a rape charge from his junior colleague at the THiNK Fest, held at Grand Hyatt at Bambolim, which started on 7 November.

Highly placed sources in the police disclosed to goanews.com that the footage even outside the lift is enough evidence to book Tejpal under the charges of rape and outraging modesty.

The victim girl once again before the magistrate narrated the whole story, which she had written down in the email sent to Tehelka managing editor Shoma Choudhury.

The police however are handicapped with solid evidence since the footage inside the elevators, where the sexual attacks took place, is not available since the Grand Hyatt Resort has not installed CCTV cameras inside the lifts.

Both the incidents happened in the elevators of Block 7, a small building of suites with ground plus two floors, where Hollywood actor Robert De Nero was put up with his daughter Drena.

The first incident took place at the night of 7 November, after they accompanied De Nero to his suite to say good night at around 9 pm.

As per the CCTV footage, Tejpal is seen entering the lift with his hand on the victim girl’s shoulder along with De Nero and his daughter.

The lift reaches the second floor in less than a minute and all of them proceed to the suite. After some time, both Tejpal and the victim girl come back and enter the lift on the second floor, to reach the ground floor in less than a minute.

Tejpal is seen again at the elevator at around 10.30 pm along with the victim girl, who is seen pulled inside the elevator by Tejpal.

The lift door is then seen opening on the second floor almost after two minutes, when actually it takes less than a minute to reach the second floor.

This is the time, as the girl has reportedly deposed, when Tejpal kept on pressing lift buttons so that it does not stop and allegedly behaved in a dirty manner with her.

As the elevator door opens on the second floor, the victim girl is seen running out and runs down the steps while Tejpal is seen going behind her.

The victim girl, disclosed the sources, is also seen coming out of the elevator, adjusting her clothes.

The police have reportedly also verified the footage of the second consecutive night, on 8 November, when both Tejpal and the victim girl are seen going to the second floor of the same block & once again.

They are seen entering the elevator and coming out, but within a minute.

Sources in the police said the footage would be now verified further by using other techniques so that they could have a closer look at the footage. 

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