Tarun Tejpal was subjected to a second round of medical tests on Wednesday even as Goa Police prepared to issue summons to Tehelka’s former managing editor Shoma Chaudhury and three others for recording their statements before a magistrate
The Goa police are likely to summon Shoma Chaowdhary, former managing editor of Tehelka and three other witnesses to record their statement before a magistrate in the case of alleged sexual assault against the magazine's editor Tarun Tejpal. Meanwhile, the Tehelka founder editor was today subjected to a second round of medical tests.
Tejpal, arrested for alleged sexual assault and rape of a junior woman colleague, had undergone several medical examinations on Monday, including a potency test, whose result was positive.
A senior Crime Branch official had said, "We have sought permission from the court to summon Chowdhary and three other witnesses and register their statement before the magistrate".
The investigating agency had already recorded a statement of Chowdhary during the initial stage of investigation in the case by meeting her at the Tehelka office in New Delhi, before she quit the position.
Officials said that the statement of Chowdhary is very crucial for the case as she was the first person to have known about the alleged sexual assault.
The official said that all the four would be called after the court gives the date to record the statement.
Tejpal was arrested on 30th November by crime branch after his anticipatory bail petition was rejected by a sessions court. On 1st December, he was remanded in six-day police custody by a court in the state.
A woman journalist, who was employed with Tehelka, had accused Tejpal of sexually assaulting her twice on 7th and 8 November in a lift in a five-star hotel in Goa.
He has been booked under Sections 354A (outraging the modesty of a woman) and 376 (2)(K) (custodial rape) of IPC.
The woman journalist had mentioned in her statement that she had interacted with three of her colleagues soon after the alleged assault happened at a Goa hotel lift.
SEBI awaits satisfactory reply from the lead merchant bankers- ICICI Securities—who are merchant bankers to Great Eastern Company IPO
Securities and Exchanges Board of India (SEBI) has sought clarifications from ICICI Securities the lead bankers to Great Eastern Energy Corporation, a coal-bed methane (CBM) explorer, regarding the company's proposed initial public offering (IPO). However, the details of the clarifications are unknown to the public.
SEBI may issue observations on a draft offer document filed with it within 30 days from “the date of receipt of satisfactory reply from the lead merchant bankers, where the Board has sought any clarification or additional information from them”.
The next status update of this will be known on December 6th.
The IPO will consist of 78 lakh shares are issued to public and an offer for sale of 4 lakh shares will be made by YKM Holdings International (i.e. 82 lakh shares of Rs10 each). Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas has 61.99% stake while YKM Holdings Pvt Ltd and YKM Holdings International Ltd have 26.34% and 10.53% holding, respectively.
As per draft red herring prospectus, there is no mention of floor price, but PTI reports state that the company is expected to mop up Rs400 crore.
As per draft red herring prospectus and restated financial statements, the company’s net worth was Rs426.2 crore and Rs389.06 crore as on March 31, 2013 and March 31, 2012 respectively.
SEBI earlier had received the draft offer documents on 17 September 2013 through its lead manager ICICI Securities Ltd, and the last communication it has received was on 11th November. Since then, it has issued a notice to ICICI Securities seeking some clarifications.
Purvi Sanghvi, an account holder at Axis Bank’s Juhu branch alleges that bank employees forged signatures on locker documents and refused to accept her complaint until she approached the police. The Bank now blames an ex-employee, while senior management remains silent
Purvi Sanghvi, a jewellery designer alleges that her signature on a bank locker agreement has been forged by Axis Bank employees of the Juhu branch in Mumbai, where she holds an account. Worse, she claims, the bank refused to accept her written complaint, forcing her to approach the police and other authorities for redress.
In the police enquiry that followed, Ms Sanghvi claims that a former ex employee (Namita) has apparently accepted the forgery (which is a non-bailable criminal offence under the Indian Penal Code) and said it was done on the instructions of her senior Nirija Raje. The ex-employee is further alleged to have said that ‘she was threatened by the employees (Benoy, Nitin, Nirija, Bhushan & Priyanka) to accept the entire blame and not name other employees, since she had already left the bank and would not face any consequences.
The employees in turn, apparently denied any knowledge about the about forgery and blamed it on the ex-employee (Namita). The issues raise several interesting questions. But primarily, Ms Sanghvi’s complaint is that the bank has not yet taken any steps to rectify the documents and senior management has not responded to her queries.
Explaining the incident, Ms Sanghvi told Moneylife that, she applied for the locker on 8 August 2012 to keep her jewellery safe. Although she signed a locker document, the bank did not give her a copy of the papers. When she asked for documents in May that year, the bank first refused to show her original documents, until she insisted on it. On inspection, she realised that her signature on the last three pages was not correct. Also, the agreement had an incorrect contact number with the correct address. She immediately emptied her locker and called the bank to complain. One bank employee (Nitin) talked with her and told that, they need to look and investigate it.
Since then, she alleges, the bank has been ignoring this issue and refused to accept her first written complaint of 29 May 2013. She then posted a registered letter to Axis Bank on 3 July 2013, after which the bank employees visited her home to convince her not to file a police complaint. On 22 July 2013 bank replied to her letter claiming action would be initiated against an ex-employee, but no such action has been taken.
On 27 August 2013 she approached the Banking Ombudsman, who asked Axis Bank to pay a penalty Rs5,000 for ‘deficiency of service’. Shockingly, the ombudsman has no jurisdiction to grant such compensation, when no loss has occurred or been quantified, say our sources. Experts also say that the Ombudsman can only grant compensation in credit card issues. The order in this case raises a separate set of questions about why the Ombudsman acted outside the purview of the act, to help close the matter. Axis Bank was clearly eager to pay the compensation and close the matter, it also asked her if she wanted to surrender the locker. Except this, bank has not taken any serious actions against malpractices going on inside the bank.
Ms Sanghvi again went to ombudsman on 14th October to receive the order and the ombudsman officer (Debajyoti Datta) said that, “If they cannot locate an ex-employee (Namita) for five months and not do anything about it, that means the bank is involved in it and they are blaming someone who has left the organisation.”
Ms Singhvi has since approached the Department of Banking Operations & Development (DBOD) on 28 November 2013. The person-in-charge there Mohindar had asked her to wait for an answer from the Axis Bank. She has also received a reply from the RBI that “This case is not under the purview of RBI since she received the money from the ombudsman and also because she has done a police complaint.”
After fighting so much, Sanghvi said, “at present, I am waiting for the inquiry officer to do the FIR process however, all employees (Benoy, Nitin, Nirija, Bhushan) in the statements denied knowing anything about the forged signatures and blamed the ex-employee (Namita) for everything. I am worried that this matter will have no proper conclusion and the public will never know the malpractices which happened in Axis Bank.”
Axis Bank, in an email reply to Moneylife said, "Our bank follows a strict policy of dealing with incidents of non-compliance and based on the findings of our enquiry, the Bank has initiated appropriate action. We are committed to resolving this issue and have sought fresh documents from the customer to rectify the documentation. We would also like to mention that the Bank has implemented a directive from Banking Ombudsman pertaining to this complaint."