Tehelka journalist who accused Tejpal of sexual assult resigns
Tehelka journalist who accused Tejpal of sexual assult resigns

New Delhi: The Tehelka journalist, who had accused its editor Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting her, has resigned from the magazine to be “free from any kind of pressure” as its employee.

Tejpal has been charged with rape by the Goa police.

When contacted, the girl told PTI that she has resigned from Tehelka.

Sources said she had sent her resignation to the Tehelka management two days ago as she wanted to be free from any kind of pressure as an employee of the organisation.

The woman journalist on Saturday had issued a statement suggesting she and her family were being subjected to pressure and intimidation at an “intensely traumatic” time to “protect” Tejpal.

Disappointed over Tehelka management’s handling of the case, consulting editor Jay Mazoomdaar and Revati Laul, an assistant editor, have also have put in their papers.

There are reports that Tehelka’s Literary Editor Shougat Dasgupta also stepped down and more people are likely to resign in the next few days.

A three-member Goa police team in the last two days had quizzed Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury and three employees who were contacted by the victim to corroborate her version.

The woman journalist had mentioned the names of her three colleagues, with whom she had interacted soon after the alleged assault happened at a Goa hotel lift around a fortnight ago, in her complaint and said Chaudhury could corroborate the incident from them.

Tejpal today moved the Delhi High Court seeking anticipatory bail.

The Goa police had on November 22 lodged an FIR against Tejpal under sections 376 (rape), 376 (2)(k) (rape by a person of a woman in his custody taking advantage of his official position) and 354 (outraging modesty) of IPC in connection with the incident.

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