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Indian court grants bail to rape-charge editor

Published on Jul 1, 2014 5:32 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to a leading editor of an investigative magazine charged with raping a colleague in a high-profile case that has gripped the nation's elite.

A bench headed by Justice H. L. Dattu granted relief to Tarun Tejpal, the founder and editor of Tehelka magazine, on condition that he does not tamper with evidence or threaten witnesses.

Tejpal, 51, has been charged with a series of offences including sexual harassment, outraging modesty and rape of his junior colleague during a magazine-sponsored event last year in the western holiday state of Goa.

"If the Goa police feel that Tejpal is interfering with the probe or tampering with evidence or trying to influence witnesses, they can come back to the Supreme Court for cancellation of his bail," the judge said.

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