Tarun Tejpal, Editor of investigative magazine, Tehelka
has decided to temporarily step down from his role after allegations of misconduct against him by a colleague. Tejpal will be stepping down for six months, while Shoma Chaudhary, Managing Editor at Tehelka, will take charge at the helm.
“There has been an untoward incident and though he has extended an unconditional apology to the colleague involved, Tarun will be recusing himself as the editor of Tehelka for the next six months,” Chaudhary wrote in a mail to her colleagues.
Tehelka has said that the magazine has not instituted an enquiry into the matter. “It is an internal problem and we are not setting up any enquiry into the matter,” Chaudhary told Business Standard.
Meanwhile, Tejpal has in his letter said that he had apologised unconditionally to the journalist concerned. “I squarely take the blame for this. A bad lapse of judgment, an awful misreading of the situation have led to an unfortunate incident that rails against all we believe in and fight for," Tejpal said.