Indian court approves prominent journalist for rape

New Delhi (AP) —Indian Court of First Instance on Friday acquitted the founder and editor of an investigative journal on charges of sexually assaulting a female journalist in a five-star hotel elevator almost eight years ago. did.

Judge Kshama Joshi read a brief order in front of Tarun Tejpal and his family, his lawyer Suhas Velip told reporters. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the media was not allowed to enter the courtroom.

Prosecutors are likely to appeal Tezipal’s acquittal after a detailed ruling, according to the Indian press Pretrust.

The 58-year-old Tehelka was investigated after a woman told the editor-in-chief of Tehelka about the alleged assault. Women are not named according to Indian law that protects their identities in sexual assault cases.

Police arrested Tejpal, the editor-in-chief of the magazine, which was launched in 2013. He was later released on bail.

The indictment accused Tezipal of illegally detaining rape and women under newly expanded law that extends the definition of rape to include other forms of sexual assault. If convicted, he can face up to seven years in prison.

The woman was beaten by Tezipal twice in a hotel elevator in Goa on November 7 and 8, 2013, when the magazine was hosting an annual meeting of Indian leaders, newsmakers and celebrities. Said. The woman’s duty at the meeting was to take Robert De Niro and his daughter to the event.

The woman did not immediately comment on Tejpal’s acquittal. After she filed a complaint against him, Tejpal set aside a magazine containing articles exposing corruption and sexual violence in India. His current situation is unknown.

The statement in the name of Tejpal thanked the court for its “strict, impartial and impartial trial.”

“The last seven and a half years have been traumatic for my family as we have dealt with the catastrophic fallout of these false allegations in all aspects of our personal, professional and public life,” the statement said. Stated.

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