Tehelka founder editor Tarun Tejpal on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking extension of his interim bail in a sexual assault case.
A bench comprising justices JS Khehar nad C Nagappan fixed the plea of the journalist for hearing on Tuesday. Tejpal is seeking extension of his interim bail by six weeks on the ground that his presence is needed at home following the death of his mother.
His counsel also told the court that despite being granted interim bail, Tejpal could not attend the funeral of his mother. The apex court had on May 19 granted him interim bail for three weeks to enable him to attend the cremation of his mother, who had died on May 18, and subsequent rituals.
50-year-old Tejpal has been charge sheeted for allegedly raping, sexually harassing and outraging the modesty of a junior colleague during an event held at a hotel in Goa in November last year. Tejpal was arrested on November 30, 2013 and is presently out on interim bail. He has been accused of sexually assaulting the victim on November 7 and repeating the offence the next day.
Before being released on interim bail, he was lodged at Sada sub-jail in Goa's Vasco town.