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Journalist Tarun Tejpal on Tuesday Bombay high court Filing a petition in the Bombay High Court, requested for a ‘closed room’ hearing on the appeal filed by the Goa government against his acquittal in the 2013 rape case. At the same time, he filed a preliminary objection regarding the maintainability of the appeal and requested for its dismissal. However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Goa government, opposed Tejpal’s appeal for an “in-camera” hearing, saying the country deserves to know how the institution treated the girl (victim). That on May 21, the Sessions Court, the editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine Tarun Tejpal was acquitted in the rape case. He was accused of sexually assaulting his colleague in the lift of a five-star hotel during an event in Goa in November 2013. Against this decision, the Goa government has filed an appeal in the High Court.
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Tejpal’s lawyer Amit Desai on Tuesday appealed to a division bench of Justices MS Sonak and M S Jawalkar in the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court to hear the matter in “closed room” as the trial court had heard in the matter. .Desai said that considering the sensitivity of the case and the allegations, the hearing should be held in a ‘closed room’. The advocate said that he has requested for consideration of this by making a formal application before the bench. Desai questioned the maintainability of the petition filed by the state government and requested it to be dismissed. He said the state government’s appeal was “erroneous” and not “consistent” with Section 378 (appeal in acquittal) of the Indian Penal Procedure Code. However, Mehta told the court that they filed for “in-camera hearing”. Will study the application.
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“Ordinarily I don’t object, but the way the institution has failed, it has left an unavoidable impact on all victims of sexual assault,” he said. This will have a discouraging effect on potential victims.
He said, “The country has the right to know how this institution has treated the girl who has come to the court with complaint, specific allegation, evidence and evidence to substantiate the charges.” It is not proper for Mehta to make such remarks till the disposal of the matter. The bench has listed the matter for hearing on August 31. Both Mehta and Desai requested that the matter be heard through video conference, to which the judges said they should apply to the Chief Justice of the High Court for the same.
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