New Delhi : Even though there were no cameras in the hotel elevator, Goa Police may nail Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal on the basis of the CCTV footage outside the elevator. The footage establishes that Tejpal took an inordinate time in coming out of the lift in which he allegedly assaulted his young reporter.
The footage reveals that both remained in the elevator for 15 minutes on November 7, and for seven minutes the next day. This reinforces the girl’s contention that Tejpal kept pressing buttons to make the elevator stay in circuit and prevent it from opening on any floor; normally, it would have taken 90 seconds at the most to descend to the ground floor of the building.
The footage also nails Tejpal’s assertion in a text message sent on Friday to his friends that he was in the elevator for “less than a minute.” His SMS had said: “The truth is it was an incredibly fleeting, totally consensual encounter of less than a minute in a lift (of a two-storey building).”
It is understood that the Goa Police CID team did not interrogate Tejpal during its two-day trip to Delhi, as it wanted to first get the statement of the victim girl recorded in Mumbai before a magistrate. Having done that, the Goa police will summon Tejpal to Goa to confront him with all the evidences, including her statement, as also that of his communications with the magazine’s managing editor Shoma Chaudhary.
In his reaction last week, Tejpal had claimed that the “CCTV footage will clear everything,” but the footage appears to be his nemesis now.