Tejpal's lawyer made to apologise for naming the victim

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 29 November 2013 19:08 IST

Panaji district and sessions judge Anuja Prabhudesai today made rape accused Tarun Tejpal’s lawyer apologise for naming the victim girl, twice, in the open court.

Adv Geeta Luthra, during her lengthy argument on the anticipatory bail, read out the full FIR filed by the police against Tehelka founder editor Tejpal, where she also read out victim’s name.

Judge Prabhudesai instantly objected to this while telling the lawyer that she should act in a responsible manner.

“You cannot play to the gallery, this is not a minor mistake”, the judge told the lawyer.

Though Adv Luthra initially tried to justify her act stating that she was reading the FIR verbatim, she apologised later to the court.

Judge Prabhudesai also observed that the whole argument is being framed to portray the victim as the accused.

Tejpal’s counsel, in a one-and-a-half hour argument, primarily argued that the charge of rape on Tejpal is a political frame-up by Goa’s BJP government.

“The police are acting to the diktats of their political masters”, she charged.

 

Adv Luthra also asked why the victim girl had to wait for 11 long days to write an email to Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury about the incidents of sexual assault.

“This sounds as an abnormal reaction”, she argued.

Tejpal’s lawyer also alleged that it is a made-up story and the victim, being a journalist, is capable of making it sound true.

According to Adv Luthra, while the incidents allegedly occurred on 7 and 8 November, the victim girl was seen at the beach, bar and even other places, behaving in a normal way even after these incidents.

The arguments are expected to continue tomorrow, after which two lawyers on behalf of the state – Saresh Lotlikar and Francis Tavora – would argue, opposing the anticipatory bail.

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