Tejpal agrees for tomorrow to appear before police

PTI, NEW DELHI | 28 November 2013 21:03 IST

Facing imminent arrest, Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal today wrote to the Goa police stating that he will appear before it tomorrow and extend "complete and full cooperation" in its probe into the case in which he has been accused of sexually assaulting his woman colleague.

Advocate Sandeep Kapur said that a letter written by Tarun Tejpal has been sent through fax to the Goa police that he will appear before the investigating officer and join the probe tomorrow.

Tarun Tejpal's decision to join investigation came after Goa police declined his plea to extend the 3 PM deadline of today till Saturday and did not rule out his arrest after he failed to appear before it.

A copy of the letter, addressed to Sunita Sawant, police inspector CID/CB PS Dona Paula, Goa, was made available to the media in which Tarun Tejpal described the sequence of receiving the summons issued to him by police and said he "requires a little time" to appear before it as he is not a resident of Goa.

"I have just been informed that last night, November 27, around about 10.45 PM, you had left the summons with my wife Geetan Batra Tejpal, asking me to appear at CID Crime Branch office at Dona Paula, Panaji, Goa on November 28, 2013 at 15.00 hours for investigation of CID crime branch PS Dona Paula, Goa Cr. No 27/2013 u/s 354-A, 376, 376 (2)(k) of IPC."

"Since I am not a resident of Goa, I require a little time to appear before you. I request you to kindly allow me to present myself for investigations on Saturday afternoon – that is, day after," he said in his letter.

Tarun Tejpal, however, assured the investigating officer that he will give his full cooperation in the ongoing investigation.

"I hope that is okay, I assure you of my complete and full cooperation. I am also sending a hard copy of the same by courier," he said.

He also mentioned in his letter that the Goa Police has declined to grant him time till Saturday to appear before it.

"We have just been given to understand that our plea for extension till Saturday has been disallowed, as per the news reported on the TV channels. Accordingly, please note that I shall be reporting for investigation to you tomorrow itself and as always assure you of my full cooperation," Tarun Tejpal said.

Earlier in the day, Tarun Tejpal also preferred to withdraw the petition seeking anticipatory and transit bail from the Delhi High Court which was to pronounce its order tomorrow.

Tarun Tejpal has been charged by the Goa Police with the offence of sexual assault of his junior woman colleague in a five star hotel lift earlier this month.

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