Tarun Tejpal seeks time till Saturday, refuses to follow 3pm deadline

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Tejpal refuses to follow police deadline
New Delhi, Nov 28: Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a woman junior colleague in Goa earlier this month, has told the Goa Police he will not comply with a 3 pm deadline for his interrogation.

Tejpal wrote to the police, claiming that its notice asking him to present himself in Goa today was received late last night, which didn't give him enough time to travel there today. "I request you to kindly allow me to present myself for investigation on Saturday afternoon," he said in his note adding "I assure you of my complete and full cooperation."

Trial for his request for anticipatory or pre-trial bail will be held on Nov 29 by the Delhi High Court. The court has refused to ban his arrest till it shares its verdict.

Tejpal's lawyers told the court yesterday that he is innocent, and that the encounter that's being described as rape was "light hearted bantering."

The victim who has accused him of sexual assault has ardently challenged his version of events, and accused Tehelka and her boss, Shoma Chaudhury, of trying to engineer a cover-up. She quit Tehelka earlier this week.

Shoma also resigned today from Tehelka after days being accused of slander.

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