Tehelka: Tejpal questions victim's behaviour

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New Delhi, Nov 26: Tarun Tejpal, the former editor-in-chief of Tehelka, who is accused of sexually harassing a woman colleague inside the elevator of a hotel in Goa during an event earlier this month, has told the Delhi High Court that the latter continued to party even after the incident, hence raising question whether the alleged harassment had indeed taken place.

Tejpal's petition questioned how the woman continued to be present at every party and event conference and also stayed out till late night. The petition said the first incident that took place on November 7 was a "light-hearted banter" while the second incident that followed the next day lasted just for a few seconds.

With police already probing, does a probe panel have any legal standing?

Meanwhile, the Tehelka management issued a statement after author and feminist Urvasi Butalia refused to be a part of the sexual harassment committee, saying it is still looking to form a committee to probe the matter and convince some eminent persons to join the panel.

Besides Butalia, Tehelka has requested people like Inakshi Ganguly, Justice Leela Seth, Uma Chakravarti, Vrinda Grover, Sharmila Tagore and other since Thursday to be a part of the sexual harassment enquiry panel.

Many, however, feel that the committee would not have any legal standing, given that the Goa Police has already started an investigation.

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