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Journalist sexual assault case: Home Ministry seeks report from Goa government

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Goa CM Parrikar voices fair and impartial probe into the ‘high profile’ sexual assault case

Parrikar (1)New Delhi/Panaji: The Centre today sought a report from the Goa government on alleged sexual assault of a young journalist by Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal.

In a communication, the Home Ministry asked the Goa authorities to send a status report on the action taken by the police in the case relating to the alleged assault in a luxurious hotel about ten days ago. The ministry has also asked the state government to give details about the sequence of events which took place during a literary function organized by the weekly news magazine in the tourist hot spot.

After the email by the woman journalist of the magazine accusing him of sexual assault was made public, Tejpal had announced on Wednesday night that he was “recusing” from his job for six months. The Goa police today filed an FIR against Tejpal in connection with the case.

Police have complete authority to probe case againstst Tejpal

Meanwhile, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said that the police had complete authority to investigate the sexual assault case against Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal and they should not worry about the stature of the person involved.

“I have given complete authority to the police to investigate the case. I have told them don’t worry whether the person is low profile or high profile. Stature does not count. What counts is the crime. You go by what is correct in law,” the Chief Minister told the police.

He said attempt to rape charges have been pressed in the FIR against Tejpal. “I am yet to see the FIR copy. What I know is they have pressed attempt to rape charge (against Tejpal),” he told PTI. He said that he had given complete authority to the police to investigate the case and not to be worried about the stature of people involved.


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