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Tarun Tejpal acquittal: ‘Serious Setback, Goa govt will not tolerate wrongdoing on woman’

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In a major setback, the Goa government lost the rape case against former editor-in-chief of Tehelka after a metropolitan magistrate court on Friday acquitted the senior journalist of rape charges, filed by a junior colleague who had accused Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting her in a five-star resort in Goa in 2013.

Goa government will not tolerate any wrong done to a woman, said Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and added that his government would appeal against the verdict in the Bombay High Court.

According to the special public prosecutor Francisco Tavora, the verdict was a “serious setback” and the state government will be preparing to file an appeal against the order in the High Court.

Tejpal has been booked under sections under sections 376 (rape), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement) 354A (sexual harassment) and 354B (criminal assault), of the Indian Penal Code.

“He has been acquitted from all charges. Order not given yet. It will be uploaded later,” Tejpal’s defence counsel said.

In a statement Tejpal said: “The past seven and a half years have been traumatic for my family as we have dealt with the catastrophic fallout of these false allegations on every aspect of our personal professional and public lives. We have felt the boot of the state, but through it all we have cooperated fully with the Goa Police and the legal system, through hundreds of hours of court proceedings”.

“We have unwaveringly followed every mandate of due procedure and abided by every principle of law laid in the Constitution. We have also endeavoured to uphold every norm of decency expected in a case like this,” Tejpal said in a written statement, while thanking the court for its “rigorous, impartial and fair trial”.

Speaking to reporters after the verdict, Tavora said claimed that the prosecution team was seriously aggrieved by the order, which he said would be challenged in the Bombay High Court.

“Accused has been acquitted of all charges. We are waiting for a copy of the judgement, but the state will be preparing for an appeal against the judgement. That’s all that I can say at this point,” Tavora told reporters.

“Initially, the accused wanted to be discharged from the case, so he went to the SC and got a stay order. That is how the trial was stopped for a good two years. It was resumed in August 2019. Since September 2020, it has been going on on a day-to-day basis,” Tavora said.

Reacting to the verdict, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the state of Goa would not tolerate any injustice against women.

“The Goa government will not tolerate any wrong done to a woman. We are filing an appeal (against the verdict) in the High Court,” Sawant said, adding that he had already spoken to the special public prosecutor and the investigating officer about the appeal. The Chief Minister also said that he had seen the evidence on record and documents related to the case and was personally convinced that the verdict should be appealed against.

According to the complaint filed against Tejpal by the junior colleague, the rape allegedly occurred on November 7, during a conference organised by the Tehelka media group in 2013. Tejpal subsequently stepped down as editor of Tehelka on November 20, three days before the Goa Police filed a First Information Report against him accusing him of rape.

Tejpal was arrested on November 30, after a local court rejected his anticipatory bail application. After his arrest, Tejpal spent nearly eight months in police and judicial custody. He was later released on bail by the Supreme Court, months after a 2,846 page chargesheet by the Crime Branch of the Goa Police.

Charges against Tejpal were later framed by the trial court in Goa in 2017, paving way for the trial.

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Thane Crime: Man Held For Strangling His Mentally-Challenged Daughter To Death In Dombivli

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Thane, September 25: A 35-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly strangling his 10-year-old mentally-challenged daughter to death in their house in Thane district of Maharashtra a day before, police said on Monday. The couple has four daughters, aged between 5 to 14, and the youngest of them lives with her grandparents in their native village, a police official said.

Agrahari is an alcoholic and used to beat his wife

The accused Manoj Agrahari allegedly strangled his daughter, Lovely, at their home in Dombivli when other members had gone out, an official said quoting the FIR. Agrahari is an alcoholic and used to beat his wife, he said.

The accused works at a grocery shop while his wife is employed at a company

The accused works at a grocery shop while his wife is employed at a company in the MIDC area of Dombivli. The victim, Lovely, has been mentally challenged and also speech and hearing impaired since her birth.

When the girl rushed home she saw her sister lying dead on bed and alerted her mother

According to the complaint, Agrahari went to the scrap shop where his 14-year-old daughter was working on Sunday and told her that Lovely was dead. When the girl rushed home she saw her sister lying dead on bed and alerted her mother, the official said. Police have registered a case of murder under the Indian Penal Code and conducting further investigation.

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Lookout Notice Issued Against Kerala Vlogger Who Forcefully Kissed, Touched Saudi Woman’s Breasts In Hotel Room

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Kochi: Kerala Police has issued a lookout notice against YouTuber Shakir Subhan after a Saudi Arabian woman alleged that the vlogger sexually assaulted her at a hotel in Kochi. The woman alleged that the YouTuber misbehaved with her at the hotel where the woman came to meet her along with someone at the event at the hotel in Kochi.

The incident occurred at a hotel in Kochi

The incident occurred on Wednesday (September 13) at a hotel when the vlogger invited the woman at the hotel for an interview and then tried to harass her when her friend left the room for some work. The police registered a case in connection with the matter and called the Vlogger- Mallu Treaveller for interrogation but he managed to escape out of the country.

The police said that he has left the country

The police said that he has left the country and is trying to get anticipatory bail in the case filed against him. However, the Kerala Police has issued a lookout circular against Shakir Subhan in connection with the case. The woman took to YouTube and said, “I am making this video to clarify something that happened to me. Shakir Shubhan invited me and Jiyan (Name changed) to Ernakulam for a meeting. We went to meet Shakir at the lobby of the hotel. He then invited us to his room. Jiyan then left the room, Shakir molested me. He touched my both hands and he forcefully pushed me to bed.”

‘He touched my breast and kissed my cheeks’

She further said, “He touched my breast and kissed my cheeks. I pushed him away and stood up from the bed. He came back and rubbed his private part to my bed. I pushed him again and asked him why are you doing this? He said I am a man and have horny feelings and want to have sex with you. When Jiyan came back, I told him we should go. I did not tell him then what happened as I thought Jiyan and Shakir will have fight.”

‘We reached our hotel that’s when I told Jiyan and told the Saudi Embassy in Delhi’

She also said, “We reached our hotel that’s when I told Jiyan and told the Saudi Embassy in Delhi and the consulate in Mumbai. I am thankful to them and the Kerala police. My father is a government officer and I have a degree in law. Malayalis accepted me as daughter-in-law and My message to women in Kerala is if you face anything like this then do not hesitate to go and complain to the police.”

Shakir Subhan said that the allegations are baseless

Shakir Subhan has said that the allegations are baseless and said that the woman is trying to blackmail him. He also said that the complaint that has been filed against him is false and that the matter is of honeytrap. He also said that he will counter the allegations that has been levelled against him by the woman with sufficient evidence. The police said that the investigation related to the matter has been delayed as Shakir has left the country.

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Rajasthan Horror: Mother & Uncle Kill 8-Year-Old After Being Caught While Making Out In Bharatpur; Arrested

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Bharatpur: A shocking incident has come to light from Rajasthan’s Bharatpur where a woman and her brother-in-law have been arrested for the murder of the woman’s son. The mother and her brother-in-law, who is the uncle of the kid who was murdered, were having an illicit affair. The mother and the uncle of the eight-year-old child strangled him to death. They buried the dead body of the kid after killing him in a field. They murdered the kid over two years ago and were arrested after the police cracked the case.

The incident occurred in February 2021

The incident occurred in 2021 in Chandanpura village which falls under the Rupbas police station area. AS per reports the father of the kid Gyan Singh registered a police complaint after his son Golu went missing in February 2021. The police initiated a search operation after registering the complaint. The police after conducting an investigation found the dead body of Golu after three days from a fiels in the village.

The police were not able to nab the killers of the kid

The police then started an investigation to nab the killers. However, the police were not able to nab the killers of the kid and closed the case after filing an FIR of murder in December 2021. The father of the kid did not give up and was adamant about finding the killers of his son. He filed a petition in the Jaipur High Court and demanded an inquiry into the case. The Jaipur High Court after hearing the matter the court ordered an inquiry into the matter by higher authorities.

The uncle and mother of the kid were having an affair

A team was formed under Nitiraj Singh who is the Circle Officer (CO) of Bayana and the investigation was initiated once agains to nab the killers of the eight year old child. The police then found out that the uncle and mother of the kid were having an affair. The uncle has been identified as Krishna Kant and the mother has been identified as Hemlata. They were called to the police station for interrogation.

They both were arrested after two years of murder

Initially, they denied their involvement in the murder of the kid. However, after a thorough interrogation they both gave up and confessed to the crime. They said that the kid had seen them in a compromising position. They strangled Golu to death over the fear that their affair will be revealed in public. Later they buried the dead of the kid in the field. They both have been arrested for the murder of the kid and are in police custody.

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