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Goa Police summon Tejpal on Thursday

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Panaji, Nov 27 :

Tehelka news magazine editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal has been asked to report before the investigating officer here 3 p.m. Thursday, Goa Deputy Inspector General O.P. Mishra said Wednesday.

“Police have summoned the accused to report before the investigating officer by 3 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday),” Mishra said.

The summons have been issued by email and phone, he said.

Tejpal is facing an accusation of sexually assaulting a junior colleague during a conference organised by the magazine in Goa earlier this month.

No Links With Tehelka, Tejpal : Kapil Sibal 

Law Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday denied any links with Tarun Tejpal, also saying he had no shares in the Tehelka magazine.

Messages have been circulating on social networking sites saying Tejpal’s mother is related to Sibal.

Tarun Tejpal
Tarun Tejpal

“I did not expect the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) to stoop to this level. They can attack me politically, they must not bring my family into it. Tarun Tejpal’s mother is not my sister,” Sibal said Wednesday.

He also attacked Lok Sabha leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj, who Wednesday said a “cabinet minister who is the founder and patron of Tehelka is shielding Tarun Tejpal”.

“Because I have been attacking Modi and BJP, obviously for them this is the only way to spread lies and willify my name.

“The political leaders who are tangentially talking about me, saying I am shielding Tejpal, should name me if they have the guts. Should I say how the leader of opposition was shielding the Reddy brothers,” Sibal said referring to the multi-crore mining scam in Karnataka.

The Reddy brothers – G Janardhana and G Karunakara – are accused in the Karnataka mining scam.

Sibal also denied having any share in Tehelka. “I never asked for a share, they never gave me a single share,” he said.

He added: “Politicians should not even interfere in this issue, it is regarding a woman’s dignity.” (IANS)