- Former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal was released by Goa sessions court
- Goa government appealed against the order in the High Court
- While hearing the appeal, the court commented on the order of the court
- Notice issued to Tarun Tejapal, court ordered all documents
The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court has made a harsh remark on the order of the Sessions Court in the Tarun Tejpal case. The High Court said that the sessions court’s acquittal of Tarun Tejpal was like a rule book for rape victims as it lays down how a
Justice Gupte fixed June 24 for hearing the appeal filed by the Goa government against the sessions court’s order on Tejpal’s release. The High Court has also directed the Registry Department to get all the papers and other documents related to the case from the sessions court.
High Court expressed displeasure
Justice Gupte said, ‘This decision is about how she (the victim) has reacted. There are observations on this. It is like a manual for rape victims. The High Court said that the case of the prosecution has not been included in the judgment.
Justice gave this response
Justice Gupte said the judgment has been delivered directly in the essence of the case and then taking into account the evidence of the victim and the statements of the witnesses. The court said, “Prima facie, there seems to be a case for considering the appeal filed against the release. Respondent (Tejpal) is asked to issue notice and file reply by June 24.
Solicitor General read some facts of the order before the High Court
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Goa government, read out portions of the 527-page judgment of the sessions court which dealt with the victim’s behavior (during and after the alleged incident). He said the description in it was of “extreme impossibility”. Mehta said, “The verdict held that the victim, who is an intelligent woman and physically strong due to yoga training, could have prevented the sexual assault on herself.”
‘The accused’s lawyers shamed the victim’
Tushar Mehta said, ‘We do not know whether the victim was facing trial or the accused in this case. The entire verdict is as if the victim was being prosecuted. Why should there have been so much discussion on the sexual history of the victim.’ The Solicitor General argued that the Sessions Court judge remained a silent spectator when the counsel for the accused was continuously shaming the victim.
this is tarun tejpal case
Sessions court judge Kshama Joshi had on May 21 acquitted Tehelka magazine’s former editor-in-chief Tejpal in the case. The incident happened in November 2013 when Tejpal was accused of sexually assaulting his then associate woman in the lift of a five-star hotel while attending an event in Goa.
Next hearing will be on June 24
The trial court, in its judgment, had questioned the conduct of the woman, observing that she did not exhibit any “regulatory behaviour” like shock or trauma which is evident in the behavior of a victim of sexual assault. The High Court said that it will discuss all other aspects including these mentioned in the judgment on the next date of hearing.