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Sexual assault case: Tarun Tejpal moves SC seeking in-camera hearing

New Delhi, Jan 20 (UNI): The Supreme Court will hear on Friday the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by former Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka magazine Tarun Tejpal challenging the order of the Bombay High Court that has rejected his application for in-camera hearing in the 2013 sexual assault case.

A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao and comprising Justice BR Gavai will hear the case tomorrow, as per the Supreme Court cause list.

Tejpal had moved the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Bombay High Court which had rejected his application for in-camera hearing in the 2013 sexual assault case.

Tejpal in his petition filed before the Supreme Court said that the hearing at the Bombay High Court should be “in camera” and not at all open to third parties.

He sought in-camera hearing of the appeal filed by the State of Goa against his acquittal in the sexual assault case at the Bombay High Court.

A trial court in Goa on May 21, 2021 had acquitted Tejpal of all charges levelled against him, including wrongful confinement, assault or criminal force with intent to outrage modesty, sexual harassment and rape against his female colleague.

After the trial court acquitted Tejpal, the Goa police filed an appeal against the trial court order before the Bombay High Court.

Tejpal also moved the High Court with an application seeking in-camera hearing of the matter. The High Court, which had rejected his plea, forcing him to knock the doors of the Supreme Court for relief.

According to the prosecution, Tejpal was accused of sexually assaulting a former colleague in an elevator of a hotel in Goa on November 7 and 8, 2013.

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