Panaji: Tehelka founder editor Tarun Tejpal failed to attend cremation of his mother Shakuntala even after securing interim bail from the Supreme Court for the purpose, apparently due to delay in completion of formalities.

Tejpal is lodged in Sada sub-jail, 40 km from here, in connection with a rape case. Shakuntala Tejpal (87), who was suffering from brain tumor, passed away on Sunday evening at Tarun’s residence at Moira village in North Goa. Her last rites were performed at a Hindu crematorium at St Inez in presence of family members and close friends. However, Tejpal could not reach in time as he was busy completing the bail formalities at the jail. Tejpal is booked for allegedly raping his woman colleague during an event in the state and has been lodged in jail since November 30 last year, after his anticipatory bail was rejected by a local court.

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