Tehelka: Activist, author Urvashi Butalia to lead internal probe panel

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Tarun Tejpal
New Delhi, Nov 22: Tehelka has finally yielded to the media pressure and that of the nation in bringing justice to the victim of the sexual assault. They have finally created a committee, headed by activist and author Urvashi Butalia, who would be investigating into the allegations by the young journalist.

Meanwhile, Ms Shoma Chaudhary, the Managing Editor of Tehelka, ran for a defence about her much criticized 'over and above' comment.

In a recent press interview she said that she asked for Tejpal's apology, driven by sympathy and concern for the journalist. "I made a mistake in not consulting with my colleague before taking this call. I was driven by concern for the journalist and wanted to do whatever was in my hand. She sought for a written apology and I wanted her to have that with integrity as even that was in my mind," she said.

Shoma Chaudhary's silence may hold her equally culpable, say experts

While Chaudhary is unrelenting in her claims, she also said a word about the 'recused' Editor-in-Chief, saying "Tejpal recused himself for six months from office as "penance that lacerates him", attributing his behaviour to "a bad lapse of judgement, an awful misreading of the situation." She further said that the editor had sent across "unconditional apology" to the institution and the journalist.

But, is that enough for the victim? Probably not, which is why she was disappointed. And that led to the formation of the committee and another apology from Ms Chaudhary.

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