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As victim resigns Tehelka, Karanjawala files anticipatory bail for Tejpal: Only one ‘consensual’ act, more ‘strategy’ to follow

Karanjawala & Co is advising Tehelka founder and editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal who allegedly sexually assaulted a junior journalist at the magazine. Tejpal today moved the Delhi high court for anticipatory bail after the Goa police charged him with rape on Friday, according to the Express.

Karanjawala managing partner Raian Karanjawala, who is acting for Tejpal, told the DNA: “You will get to know our strategy in court. We are reviewing the contents of the FIR. What happened in Goa was consensual and happened only once and not twice as alleged.”

Karanjawala told Legally India today: “While we can confirm that we are representing Mr Tarun Tejpal, we are not giving out comments at this point of time.”

Reportedly senior counsel Ram Jethmalani told the ET last week that “after the December gangrape case in Delhi, I have resolved that I will never appear in such a case. For me to appear against the girl in court in a case like this gives me the shivers”.

Tejpal had “recused” himself from his position as editor-in-chief at the magazine for six months after the victim complained to Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhary that she was assaulted by him twice during this year’s Think Fest in Goa.

Amidst a slew of internal email leaks, one surfaced on Friday in which Tejpal “unconditionally” apologised to the younger journalist for his “attempt a sexual liaison with you on two occasions on 7 November and 8 November 2013, despite your clear reluctance that you did not want such attention from me”.

Tejpal later reportedly emailed friends and supporters, claiming that the apology was written because of managing editor Shoma Chaudhury “adamantine feminist-principle insistence” to keep correct form with an apology.

The alleged victim resigned earlier today, according to Firstpost.

Update 26 November: A copy of the text of Tejpal’s bail plea

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