Sri Ram Sene, once exposed by Tehelka, gifts Gita to Tarun Tejpal

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Panaji, Dec 5: Sri Ram Sene, a group which is known as a moral police organisation in Karnataka, on Wednesday, Dec 4 sent a Bhagwat Gita to Tarun Tejpal, an accused of sexual assault case.

Co-incidentally, Tejpal, who was the Editor-in-chief of the investigative magazine Tehelka, had exposed the same group in 2010. It was reported that Sri Ram Sene had taken money to star a riot in Karnataka.

Kumar Hakeri, the group's vice-president in Panaji, addressed a press conference and said, "Sri Ram Sene has decided to present Tejpal, through the jail officers, a copy of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita to teach him the importance of Hindu culture. SRS feels by reading it, there will be a change in Tejpal's mental attitude and morality."

Tehelka exposed Sri Ram Sene in 2010. It charged money to start riot.

Sri Ram Sene had made headlines in 2009 when its workers had attacked a pub in Mangalore beating up young men and women in order to restrain youth to violate traditional culture of the country.

Ironically, the same group is trying to give moral lesson to Tejpal who currently has been lodged in a jail in Panaji, Goa. The renowned journalist resigned from his position following a hullabaloo over the sexual assault case.

Tejpal, who was arrested by Goa Police on Saturday, Nov 30, has been accused of sexually assaulting a young female journalist at a hotel in Goa. However, Tejpal claimed that it was not a case of rape but it was a consensual act.

Citing Tejpal's statement and the victim's complaint, Sri Ram Sene spokesperson said, "This act of inappropriate behaviour with a woman, as young as his daughter, on the part of Tejpal, under the influence of western culture signifies his immorality and lack of character."

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