Caught on tape: Tejpal and Shoma recorded by journalist

Tarun Tejpal
Panaji, Dec 13: In a new twist in the Tehelka rape case, the junior intern and the victim is reported to have recorded ex-editor in Chief Tejpal's and ex-managing editor-Shoma's conversations with her.

She is said to have handed over the recordings to the Goa police. According to the Indian Express, the evidence was disclosed by the police in the judicial magistrate's office, while the former demanded for Tejpal's judicial remand for 14 days.

The police has said that they wish to collect more evidence against the veteran journalist, which could end him up serving life imprisonment.Nevertheless, the court remanded the veteran journalist to 12 days in judicial custody.

The police had earlier received copies of the smses and emails that were exchanged by the trio and consider the tapes as crucial evidence. Apart from this, the victim had also identified herself and Tejpal in the CCTV footage retrieved from Hotel Grand Hyatt, where the assault took place.

The police has requested the court for a 14 day remand as the statements of other witnesses in Goa and outside the state are yet to be collected. "Since the accused is a high profile and influential person he may use all his tactics to win over, influence and pressurise witnesses who are mostly working for in Mumbai and New Delhi," said investigating officer Sunita Sawant.

Tejpal's lawyer Sandeep Kapoor has requested the court to lodge Tejpal in a separate cell. "Due to his nature of work, there are reasons to believe that he has threat to his life if lodged in a crowded cell".

Jail officials of the Sada subjail have, however, said that the request cannot be accepted as the jail is overcrowded already. They said,"divided into 17 sections, the jail houses 350 undertrials against a sanctioned strength of 200."

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