Goa police move for non-bailable warrant against Tejpal

PTI, PANAJI | 28 November 2013 19:57 IST

Tightening the screws, Goa police on Thursday moved a court for issue of non-bailable arrest warrant against Tarun Tejpal, who is accused of sexual assault against a woman journalist colleague, after he failed to appear before the crime branch.

Tejpal, whose request for extension of time till Saturday for appearance  before the Investigating Officer (IO) was rejected today, has now told Goa police that he will appear before them tomorrow in the investigations, his lawyer Sandeep Kapur, said in Delhi in the evening.

"We have sent a fax to the Goa police and have informed them that Tarun Tejpal will join the investigation tomorrow," his counsel Sandeep Kapur said.

On a day of dramatic developments when earlier reports spoke of Tejpal producing himself before the Goa police by the 3pm deadline, he changed strategy and sought extension of time.

And in the Delhi high court he sought withdrawal of his petition seeking anticipatory bail saying he would move the appropriate court for appropriate remedy.

The dice was loaded against the founding editor of the magazine when two hours after the 3pm deadline passed and he failed to appear before the police, DIG OP Mishra said the IO has not accepted his request for extension "in view of the seriousness of the crime and is further proceeding in this case as per law empowered."

Asked whether securing a non-bailable warrant (NBW) was an option before the police, he said, "these are logical steps that we are required to follow. I cannot divulge to you each and every step of investigation."

When pressed further whether arrest was being thought of, he shot back, "there should be no doubt that the next logical steps is that.  The IO is proceeding as per logical and legal protocol."

Police sources said the crime branch moved the Sessions court for issue of an NBW which Tejpal could be arrested. The court is expected to give its order on Friday morning.

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