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Top Indian editor Tarun Tejpal formally charged with rape of colleague

Published on Feb 17, 2014 5:55 PM
 
Indian magazine editor, Tarun Tejpal (left), is escorted by police officials from a courthouse after being remanded in police custody in Panaji, on Dec 1, 2013. Indian police on Monday, Feb 17, 2014, formally charged the former news magazine editor with raping a female colleague in the holiday state of Goa, in a case that has dominated local media headlines. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PANAJI, India (AFP) - Indian police on Monday formally charged a former news magazine editor with raping a female colleague in the holiday state of Goa, in a case that has dominated local media headlines.

Tarun Tejpal, 50, the founder of top investigative magazine Tehelka, has been in custody since his arrest after the alleged incident in a hotel lift in the southern seaside state in November.

Investigating officer Sunita Sawant filed a 2,684-page charge sheet before a court in the state capital Panaji, laying down charges including sexual harassment, outraging modesty and rape of Tejpal's colleague.

The woman, who has quit the magazine since the scandal broke and who cannot be named for legal reasons, has told police she was molested twice in the lift during a magazine-sponsored event in the state.

 
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