Let Tejpal prove his innoncense in the court: Parrikar

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 19 February 2014 17:43 IST

Goa government is prepared to approach the high court to set up a special court to decide rape case of Tehelka founder editor Tarun Tejpal, in view of speedy trial.

“Let him prove his innocence in the court of law”, said chief minister Manohar Parrikar today.

Tejpal, after filing the chargesheet, had accused Goa government of political vendetta in indicting him in rape charge.

“I am not aware of legal requirement, but if the law requires special court, we will definitely approach the high court to set it up so that the matter is disposed of as fast as possible”, said Parrikar.

The crime branch of Goa police, in its chargesheet filed on 17 February, has produced varied evidence to prove that the 50-year old celebrity journalist raped his junior colleague in the lift of Grand Hyatt at Bambolim in Goa, on 7 November last year.

He was then arrested on 30 November and is in the custody since then.

“The government has nothing to do with the case. The court has to decide whether he has committed the crime or not”, said Parrikar.

 

Indirectly hinting at the sting operation Tehelka had conducted against then BJP national president Bangaru Laxman of taking bribe, Tejpal had recently alleged that he is being political victimized by implicating him in the rape case.

Parrikar however refused to comment on the allegation made by Tejpal.

The Tehelkar founder editor had also told the high court, which is hearing his bail plea, that the chargesheet does not contain the CCTV footage, outside the lift, where inside the rape believed to have taken place.

“He was simply complaining that the chargesheet does not contain the CCTV footage. How will he get it now if it did not contain in the chargesheet”, asked Parrikar.

The high court has instructed the police to give a copy of the CCTV footage to Tejpal.

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