Tarun Tejpal's 2011 casual sex remark in Goa haunting him. Why is Shoma Choudhury stalling the police inquiry?

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Tarun Tejpal's 2011 casual sex remark in Goa haunting him. Why is Shoma Choudhury stalling the police inquiry? S. Kalyanaraman 11/22/13 7:07 AM
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IANS | Panjim NOVEMBER 22, 2013 | UPDATED 16:20 ISTTarun Tejpal
"So, Tarun Tejpal at ThinkFest did what he said in Goa for the first ThinkFest 'Sleep with whoever you want. This is Goa'. So the fondling and disrobing began," Rodricks said.

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"Now you are in Goa, drink as much as you want, eat...sleep with whoever you think of, but get ready to arrive early at the event as we have a packed house."

This remark made in 2011 by Tarun Tejpal during the inaugural edition of the ThinkFest, the investigative weekly's flagship conference in Goa, could have now come to haunt the Tehelka editor-in-chief, according to Goa's chatteratti.

Tejpal has been accused of sexually attacking a junior colleague twice in an elevator of the Grand Hyatt, a five-star resort a short distance from Panaji city. And Goan politicians, celebrities, activists and even Roman Catholic priests are suggesting "bad karma" for it.

"Tarun, Goa remembers you!" said an angry Fr. Bismarck Dias, who in 2011 calibrated a public protest after Tejpal's comments on Goa. 

Vishwajeet Rane, a Congress legislator, said he was shocked to read about Tejpal's "misconduct" with a fellow employee.

"More so of the attitude he had displayed when in Goa saying 'You're in Goa, so eat, drink, make merry and sleep with whoever you want'. We can't sit quiet and allow Goa's image to be tarnished as a place where everything is okay," Rane wrote on his Facebook wall.

Ace fashion designer Wendell Rodricks, who is known to passionately argue for local causes, was even more acerbic.

"So, Tarun Tejpal at ThinkFest did what he said in Goa for the first ThinkFest 'Sleep with whoever you want. This is Goa'. So the fondling and disrobing began," Rodricks said.

"And how come one can become police, judge and lawmaker through self-proclaimed 'atonement'," he asked on his Wall.

A group of activists who staged a 'StinkFest' protest outside the ThinkFest venue this year, accusing the organisers of using funding from dubious corporates for the high-profile event, in a statement issued here said: "The shocking news regarding Tejpal's excesses and his decision to let himself off with a 6-month sabbatical says it all."

Tejpal case: Goa CM and DGP accuse Shoma Choudhury of stalling probe

INDIA TODAY ONLINE  | Panaji\New Delhi, November 22, 2013 | 18:08
Shoma Choudhury and Tarun Tejpal
Shoma Choudhury and Tarun Tejpal
Both the Goa chief minister and the state police chief have accused Tehelka managing editor Shoma Choudhury of stalling investigation into the rape case filed here against the news weekly's editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal.

Speaking to a television channel, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said the magazine was indulging in a cover-up.

"Police have informed me they have sent an email to the managing editor yesterday (Thursday) at 5:18 pm. They have confirmation it has been received, asking her to cooperate in a crime which is heinous in nature," Parrikar said, echoing the views of state Director General of Police (DGP) Kishen Kumar, who too said Choudhury was un-cooperative.

"We have written to Shoma Choudhury by way of email. We asked her to give us a copy of the complaint the victim wrote to her," Kishen Kumar said.

The director general of Goa Police also said  since the  First Information Report (FIR)  was filed only a couple of hours back, the police did not get "sufficient time" to extract a formal statement from the victim. Kishen Kumar also conceded the FIR was not itself evidence and the case was still "prima facie".

The DGP said a special team has been constituted to probe the case.

"As I told you, that is a matter of investigation. Let us leave it to the investigating officer," the police chief said, adding he was unwilling to disclose any aspect of investigation to the media.

Tejpal is accused of sexually assaulting a junior colleague twice in a Goa hotel elevator during a high-profile conference organised by the weekly newspaper earlier this month.

- with IANS inputs

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Tehelka live: Tejpal’s version – apologised as Shoma insisted

by Nov 22, 2013
6.39 pm: Tejpal says he apologised because Shoma Chaudhry insisted

Tarun Tejpal has reportedly said that he only apologised "out of an attempt to preserve the girl's dignity and on "Shoma's adamantine feminist-principle insistence" that he keep correct form by apologising", according to The Hoot.

More on what Tejpal's version of events is at The Hoot.

6.23 pm: MHA seeks more details into Tejpal assault case

Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh has just officially confirmed that the MHA has asked for more details on the Tejpal sexual assault case, saying that it was an 'extremely serious matter'.

Singh made the comment on his Twitter feed:
The Home Ministry has asked for all details of #Tehelka case from Goa govt. This is an extremely serious matter

- RPN Singh (@SinghRPN) November 22, 2013

 

Earlier as well, the MHA had asked the Goa police for more information into the incident.

6.00 pm: Feel dirty for participating in Think India, says Park street survivor

5.45 pm: Shoma Chaudhry's conduct is shameful, says Tavleen Singh

Speaking to NDTV, Tavleen Singh has lashed out at Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury, saying that her statements made it seem as though it was Tarun Tejpal who was the victim, and not the girl who had been sexually assaulted.

Anti-corrution activist Kiran Bedi added that "Chaudhury had lost it", saying that it would have been better if she had said nothing at all.

5.40 pm: Tejpal is the culprit, says Goa CM Parrikar

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that one thing was certain in the entire sexual assault case - that Tejpal was the culprit and the young girl was the victim.

Speaking to Times Now, Parrikar refused to comment on the police investigation, saying that it was up to the police to collect evidence to prosecute. He also cautioned media that only an FIR had been filed, adding that this was not the same thing as a chargesheet.

5.15 pm: Delhi police team reach Tarun Tejpal's residence

A team of officers from the Delhi police visited Tarun Tejpal's Delhi residence. The team had left after a few minutes, and had reportedly only said that they had come to deliver some papers to Tejpal.

Another officer said they had come to see that there were untoward incidents outside Tejpal's home.

However Times Now reported that the Goa police had formally asked the Delhi police for help in its investigation into the sexual assault case against the Tehelka editor. It is not yet known if the police visit is related to this request.  It is likely that they were checking to see if Tejpal was still in the national capital.

A Goa police is reportedly 
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Tarun Tejpal's 2011 casual sex remark in Goa haunting him. Why is Shoma Choudhury stalling the police inquiry? Kumar Arun 11/22/13 10:47 AM
I wish & hope some day NDTV will also focus upon sexual assault charges once brought against Rahul Gandhi.


Dr. Kumar Arun
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IANS | Panjim NOVEMBER 22, 2013 | UPDATED 16:20 ISTTarun Tejpal
"So, Tarun Tejpal at ThinkFest did what he said in Goa for the first ThinkFest 'Sleep with whoever you want. This is Goa'. So the fondling and disrobing began," Rodricks said.

6.39 pm: Tejpal says he apologised because Shoma Chaudhry insisted

Tarun Tejpal has reportedly said that he only apologised "out of an attempt to preserve the girl's dignity and on "Shoma's adamantine feminist-principle insistence" that he keep correct form by apologising", according to The Hoot.

More on what Tejpal's version of events is at The Hoot.

6.23 pm: MHA seeks more details into Tejpal assault case

Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh has just officially confirmed that the MHA has asked for more details on the Tejpal sexual assault case, saying that it was an 'extremely serious matter'.

Singh made the comment on his Twitter feed:
The Home Ministry has asked for all details of #Tehelka case from Goa govt. This is an extremely serious matter

- RPN Singh (@SinghRPN) November 22, 2013

 

Earlier as well, the MHA had asked the Goa police for more information into the incident.

6.00 pm: Feel dirty for participating in Think India, says Park street survivor

5.45 pm: Shoma Chaudhry's conduct is shameful, says Tavleen Singh

Speaking to NDTV, Tavleen Singh has lashed out at Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury, saying that her statements made it seem as though it was Tarun Tejpal who was the victim, and not the girl who had been sexually assaulted.

Anti-corrution activist Kiran Bedi added that "Chaudhury had lost it", saying that it would have been better if she had said nothing at all.

5.40 pm: Tejpal is the culprit, says Goa CM Parrikar

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that one thing was certain in the entire sexual assault case - that Tejpal was the culprit and the young girl was the victim.

Speaking to Times Now, Parrikar refused to comment on the police investigation, saying that it was up to the police to collect evidence to prosecute. He also cautioned media that only an FIR had been filed, adding that this was not the same thing as a chargesheet.

5.15 pm: Delhi police team reach Tarun Tejpal's residence

A team of officers from the Delhi police visited Tarun Tejpal's Delhi residence. The team had left after a few minutes, and had reportedly only said that they had come to deliver some papers to Tejpal.

Another officer said they had come to see that there were untoward incidents outside Tejpal's home.

However Times Now reported that the Goa police had formally asked the Delhi police for help in its investigation into the sexual assa
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