In an expected move, Goa Police has summoned former managing editor of the Tehelka magazine, Shoma Chaudhury on Wednesday to join investigations and depose before the magistrate in Goa, regarding the sexual assault case against magazine’s editor Tarun Tejpal.
Investigating officers said that Shoma has to be in Goa on Friday and she can record her statement under Section 164 of the CrPC before the magistrate either on the same day or Saturday. She is also likely to be examined by the crime branch sleuths investigating the case.
“We have summoned her for recording statement before the magistrate,” a senior Goa police officials investigating the case told dna adding, “She would be interrogated to get further clarity in the case as well.”
Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting his junior colleague during magazine’s two-day-festival — Think Fest — in Goa on November 7 and 8, was arrested on last Saturday after he failed to get anticipatory bail and is presently in in six-day police custody ending this Saturday.
After being acutely accused of shielding Tejpal, Shoma resigned from the magazine on November 28, saying, “I reject the allegations of a cover-up because in no way could the first actions that were taken be deemed suppression of any kind. As for my feminist positions, I believe I acted in consonance with them by giving my colleague’s account precedence over everything else.”
She further stated that she was “no longer sure whether her presence was harming or helping Tehelka. She also denied character assassinating her woman colleague saying, “This is a malicious campaign that has no basis in truth.”
This incident triggered a nationwide debate on safety of women at workplace, with many analysts observing that Shoma should have directly informed police after she received complaint from the victim.