Friday, June 25, 2021
Home Crime Goa Police destroyed crucial evidence in Tarun Tejpal case, says Sessions Court, state govt...

Goa Police destroyed crucial evidence in Tarun Tejpal case, says Sessions Court, state govt to challenge acquittal

The emails exchanged between the prosecution, and the defence witnesses were located on the Tehelka server. However, those crucial emails were not procured by the officer during the investigation, the verdict noted.

The Goa Sessions Court that recently aqquitted former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal had said in its judgement that the prosecution failed to produce crucial evidence, including CCTV footage, and the investigation officer committed several omissions during the investigation in the rape case.

According to the Bar and Bench, the Sessions Court, in its verdict, stated that there were several omissions and changes of versions of the depositions of the prosecutrix in the case.

Acquitting Tejpal in the rape case, the Sessions Court had noted discrepancies in the evidence submitted by the prosecution, which was deliberate as per the defence. In its 527-page order, the court said that there were glaring contradictions in the statements made by the prosecutrix, and the investigating officer had not questioned the prosecutrix about such discrepancies.

Tarun Tejpal, the founder and former editor-in-chief of Tehelka, was acquitted of all charges in the case of sexual assault and rape of a junior colleague by a Session Court in Goa. Judge Kshama Joshi on May 21 acquitted Tejpal of all charges in the sexual assault case.

Investigation officer did not submit evidence, CCTV footage missing

The investigating officer had failed to submit crucial evidence to the court, and CCTV footage recorded on the day of the incident is also missing, the court noted. The court also that the investigating officer did not record the statements of certain witnesses, despite their willingness to depose.

The emails exchanged between the prosecution, and the defence witnesses were located on the Tehelka server. However, those crucial emails were not procured by the officer during the investigation, the verdict noted.

The additional sessions court at Mapusa, acquitting Tarun Tejpal, held that Goa police destroyed “clear proof of evidence” by not producing the CCTV footage of the first floor of the five-star hotel where Tejpal was accused of sexually assaulting his junior colleague.

On CCTV footage, the court noted that the investigation officer had given directions to other investigating officers to download CCTV footage only of the ground floor and second floor and not the first floor to deliberately destroy all traces of CCTV footage of the first floor.

“The IO viewed vital CCTV footage of the guest lifts on the first floor and knowing that the said CCTV footage shows the accused and prosecutrix exiting the lift during the relevant two minutes on the first floor and that the same would exonerate the accused and despite the fact that the DVR containing the CCTV footage should have been attached by the IO at the earliest to preserve the crucial footage, deliberately delayed the seizure of the DVR and in the meanwhile destroyed the CCTV footage of first floor, thereby destroying clear proof of the accused’s defence,” the Court said.

Several omissions in the investigation, prosecution failed to prove Tejpal’s guilt: Court

In a scathing observation, the Sessions Court said that the investigating officer had committed several omissions while conducting the investigation. Noting the investigation was not carried out properly, the court observed that the investigating officer had failed to ask basic questions to the accused in the case.

“No empirical data to show how a button on the lift panel can keep the doors closed when the lift is stationary between floors. No verification on how the buttons on the lift panel could be pressed to facilitate the commission of any crime. No report from the company which made the lift to find out the functioning of the lift. No interrogation of the prosecutrix on what the accused did on the lift panel with his hands during the alleged incident and how he pressed the lift buttons,” the court noted.

The Session Court, which granted the rape-accused Tarun Tejpal on May 21, concluded that the prosecution had failed to prove the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt and, hence, declared acquittal of Tejpal.

Interestingly, soon after the verdict was pronounced in favor of the journalist, an official statement was released, wherein he had thanked Congress leaders like Salman Khurshid and Kapil Sibal amongst others for helping him in the legal battle.

Goa to challenge Tejpal’s acquiital

Meanwhile, the State of Goa has challenged the order acquitting Tejpal before Goa Bench of Bombay High Court.

Far-left journalist Tarun Tejpal was accused of forcing himself on a colleague against her wishes inside an elevator of the Grand Hyatt, Bambolim, Goa, on November 7, 2013, during an official event. He had stepped down as editor for six months after being accused of sexual assault.

Tejpal was arrested in November 2013 and later released on bail in July 2014. The trial against Tejpal started in 2017. Meanwhile, Tejpal had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking dismissal of the case against him, claiming that the charges were fabricated. Both High Court and Supreme Court had also dismissed the plea in 2019.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staff
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Exclusive details from SC audit panel report: How AAP’s political drama kept loaded oxygen tankers waiting, created supply crunch for other states

In a PESO study, average daily consumption was found to be between 282 MT to 372 MT and Delhi had no adequate storage facilities for 700 Mts of LMO that was demanded at that time.

Delhi govt exaggerated its oxygen demand by 4 times while other states were suffering: SC appointed audit panel finds

The Supreme Court-appointed oxygen audit team has exposed the Delhi government's claims of Oxygen shortage in the national capital, saying that the Delhi government had exaggerated the oxygen requirement in Delhi by more than four times during the second wave of the pandemic even as many states were facing a supply constraint.

FIR filed against ‘The Wire’ in Barabanki mosque demolition case, had spread fake news about police throwing Quran and Hadiths in the drain

Uttar Pradesh police have registered an FIR against the far-left propaganda portal - The Wire - for spreading fake news and creating hate

‘Badly Photoshopped?’ Photographs of Captain Amarinder Singh meeting officers of Sikh Regiment raise questions

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh shared photos of him meeting Sikh Regiment officers, however the photos show signs of digital editing

Want to remove ‘Dilli ki Duri’ and ‘Dil Ki Duri’, delimitation must be completed before assembly polls: Says PM Modi in meeting with Kashmir...

PM Narendra Modi conducted the first ever meeting with Jammu and Kashmir leaders since the scrapping of Article 370 in 2019

Fatehpur: Teacher says conversion racket leaders regularly visit her school to convert Hindus, made the school teach Namaz to non-Muslim toddlers

Fatehpur Teacher says kindergarten students are being taught Urdu, Arabic and Namaz on instructions of conversation racket leader

Recently Popular

Despite all the ‘Virat Hindu’ noises Subramanian Swamy has been making, here is why I can’t trust him

Subramanian Swamy, who has been masquerading as a 'Virat Hindu', left several political dead bodies in his path while reaching the top

‘Is your father a mali or chowkidar? I will cancel your license, H*r*m*zade’: Maneka Gandhi threatens vets in viral audios

The Indian Veterinary Association in a letter have condemned the unruly behavior and unparliamentary language used by Maneka Gandhi against animal doctors.

Karnataka: Muslim family kills their own daughter and her Hindu lover in front of the boy’s mother

The 19-year-old Basavaraj Madivalapaa Badiger, an autorickshaw driver at Saladahalli village, and his 18-year-old lover Davalbi Bandagisab Tambad, a resident of the neighbouring Khanapur, were allegedly murdered by the father and other family members of the girl.

Subramanian Swamy gets desperate as rumours of cabinet reshuffle gain ground: Hubris and delusions

With rumours gaining ground that there might be a cabinet shuffle on the cards, Subramanian Swamy has now started hankering

‘We have to clap like hijras?’ AAP leader’s video insulting Brahmins and Hindu rituals goes viral

An old video where AAP leader Gopal Italia insults Satyanarayan, Bhagwad Kathas as 'useless things' has now gone viral.

Video of a person making anti-India comments circulated on social media falsely claiming that it is the founder of Himalaya Drug Company

Muhammad Manal, the founder of HImalaya Drug Company died in 1986, and the person in the viral video is one Naqi Ahmed Nadwi
- Advertisement -


Connect with us