Tehelka controversy: Have asked if FIR possible, says Goa CM

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Panaji, Nov 20: As the Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal's alleged sexual harrassment of a woman colleague snowballed into a major controversy, the Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said that he has sought a preliminary enquiry into the matter and would await the findings of the police.

"High profile cases need high profile action," Parrikar said while addressing a Press Conference.

Parrikar also said that he has asked the police to see if an FIR can be filed in the case.

"If we find any substance against Tejpal, a suo motu case can be registered against him since the incident happened in Goa. Only after police report, I would be able to speak more on the issue," he said.

"Only after we get the footage of the tape we will be able to comment further," he said.

Parrikar said that he has asked the police to see if an FIR can be filed.

He said that he had also asked the women's commission in the state to look into the allegations of sexual assault.

Parikkar held a meeting with top civil and police officials when a preliminary probe was ordered into the incident.

Tejpal last night announced that he was "recusing" from his job for six months after an email by the woman journalist of his magazine alleging sexual assault on her by him was made public.

The woman journalist, who had reportedly complained to Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury that Tejpal had pulled her into a lift in a hotel in Goa about 10 days back during an event organised by it on two days to assault her, is now said to be seeking constitution of a committee by the magazine to go into the issue and take action.

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