Tejpal’s day: lockup, lunch and lift

By: admin
Updated: 02 Dec 2013 03:21 AM
Panaji: Tarun Tejpal was yesterday handed six days’ police remand and was taken on a round of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bambolim, where he is alleged to have sexually assaulted a young Tehelka journalist on November 7 and 8.

Tejpal, who had spent the night at the Panaji police station lockup with two murder accused, was presented at the court of the first class judicial magistrate (holiday) for remand.

Goa police asked judge Shama Joshi for a 14-day remand but Tejpal’s counsel Geeta Luthra opposed it. After an hour’s hearing, the judge ordered a six-day remand at 2pm.

A police source said Tejpal had been “calm and in control” at the lockup last night.

“By the time he had completed some formalities and got into the lockup, he was calm and in control. He was even chatting with some policemen,” the source said.

“He slept for a while in the lockup. His bedding had come from his home as allowed by the judge.”

In the morning, after changing into fresh clothes brought by his family, he had break-fast — also sent from home. Around 11.30am, investigating officer Sunita Sawant and her team left for the court with Tejpal.

The police had cordoned the area off about 30 minutes before the cops arrived at the court with Tejpal, his face uncovered, at 11.40am.

Tejpal’s family members, who had arrived at the court about an hour before him, were later escorted to their cars by the police to protect them from being besieged by reporters and bystanders.

“After his remand, he was taken to the crime branch office at Dona Paula around 2.30pm. He had lunch and then had a meeting with his lawyer,” a police source said.

After an hour-long meeting with his legal team, Tejpal was taken by the police to the scene of the alleged crime at Bambolim, 28km from Panaji, around 4.30pm.

“He went around the hotel giving his version of the events. He was taken to the Block 7 lift lobby and then inside the elevator where the alleged crime took place. He was cooperating,” the Goa police source said.

“Tejpal was brought back to the crime branch headquarters at Dona Paula around 6pm and his formal grilling has begun. He will spend the night at the Panaji police station.”

Shinde: No interfere

Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today said the Centre cannot interfere in the Tejpal case.

Replying to whether the Tehelka editor’s arrest came after much delay, Shinde said: “Our government does not protect culprits in any way. Since it (Tejpal’s) is a case of a different state, the Centre cannot interfere in it.”

 - The Telegraph, Calcutta