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Court bars media from covering Tarun Tejpal's trial

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

A today barred the media from covering the trial of senior journalist Tarun Tejpal, who is facing charges of rape, a defence lawyer said.

Tejpal, who is out on bail, today attended the in Mapusa which is hearing arguments before the framing of charges, a stage before the start of trial.

A woman journalist working with Tehelka magazine, of which Tejpal was editor-in-chief, had accused him of raping her during an event in in 2013.

Tejpal's lawyers had filed an application under section 327 (3) of Criminal Procedure Code (which provides for in-camera trial of rape cases) seeking to bar the media from covering the trial.

Judge Vijaya Pol today allowed the application. As a result, all reporters were asked to leave the courtroom.

The media will not be allowed to cover the proceedings hereafter, said advocate Raju Gomes who is a part of Tejpal's defence team.

Arguments on framing of charges would continue tomorrow.

crime branch had filed charge sheet in the case in 2014.

Tejpal, a high-profile journalist, has been charged under IPC sections 354-A (sexual harassment), 341 and 342 (wrongful restraint) and 376 (rape), among others.

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 20:48 IST