SC Refuses to Quash Sexual Assault Charges Against Tarun Tejpal

The Supreme Court on Monday, 19 August refused to quash the charges of sexual assault against Tarun Tejpal in the case registered by his former junior colleague in 2013. The court also ordered for the trial in the case to be completed within six months.

A bench comprising justices Arun Mishra, MR Shah and BR Gavai delivered the judgement.

The Goa Police had earlier claimed that there were “contemporaneous” WhatsApp messages and e-mails which showed Tejpal should face trial in the alleged sexual assault case.

The police, while opposing Tejpal’s plea of quashing of charges framed against him, had told the bench that there was “ample material” warranting trial in the case.

Tejpal's counsel had refuted the allegations and told the bench that certain WhatsApp messages were concealed and referred to CCTV footage of the hotel where the alleged incident took place.

Tejpal is alleged to have sexually assaulted the former colleague inside the elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa in 2013.

He had denied all the allegations levelled against him. He was arrested on 30 November, 2013 by the Crime Branch after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court. He has been out on bail since May 2014.

He has moved the apex court challenging the Bombay High Court's December 20, 2017 order dismissing his plea seeking quashing of charges.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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