Goa police rejected Tarun Tejpal's request for time till Saturday to appear before it and did not rule out his arrest after he failed to present himself before 3pm on Thursday
Tarun Tejpal, the editor of Tehelka is seeking more time from the Goa Police even as the investigators have reportedly initiated next step as he failed to turn up before them before the deadline of 3pm. Goa police, however, has rejected Tejpal's request, while not ruling out his arrest after he failed to present himself before the investigating officer.
In a fax message, Tejpal has written to Goa police that he would appear before the investigating officer tomorrow, his lawyer told reporters in Delhi.
Earlier, Tejpal, who is accused of sexual assault against a woman colleague, withdrew his bail plea in the Delhi High Court, saying he will “approach appropriate court for appropriate remedy“.
Tejpal had stepped down as Tehelka Editor-in-Chief for six months in the wake of the sexual assault case against him.
Fearing arrest by Goa police in connection with the case, Tejpal had approached the High Court seeking either anticipatory or transit bail.
Amidst speculation that Tejpal might approach the Supreme Court, his wife, daughter and some close friends were seen in the apex court in the morning along with his counsel Geeta Luthra and Kapur.
Kapur, however, said that Tejpal is not planning to move the apex court in the matter.
Tejpal had on Wednesday failed to get any immediate relief on his anticipatory bail petition in the Delhi High Court.
The Goa police direction to him yesterday came after the complainant recorded her statement under Section 164 of CrPC before a magistrate in Panaji.
The woman journalist has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by him in a lift in a five-star hotel in Goa earlier this month.
Why an assistant police inspector needed seven days and intervention from Samir Zaveri and Police Commissioner to register an FIR for a woman?
Police from Nerul, a distant suburb of Mumbai, kept ignoring a complaint from a woman for seven days until activist Samir Zaveri guided the lady and her husband to write to Commissioner of Police at Navi Mumbai. Following the intervention, the police filed a first information report (FIR) where the woman had received abusive calls and SMS.
While the complainant went to Nerul police station on 15th November, instead of filing the FIR, and taking action, the lady assistant police inspector (API) registered the case as a non cognizable (NC) offense under section 507 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
According to the complainant, she received abusive phone calls from unknown person(s) on her mobile from 13th November. Even after complaining to Nerul police, she continued to receive the lewd calls and SMSs from unknown numbers, which troubled her day and night.
Due to the poor response from the police, who failed to take any steps in this case, her husband approached Railway Activist Samir Zaveri who guided him to write a letter to Commissioner of Police at Navi Mumbai.
In the complaint letter, the woman’s husband requested the Commissioner to initiate action against the API for not registering the FIR.
After sending the letter, he received a call from Nerul police station on 21st November, where the lady API asked him to come and file FIR on next day. However, when he visited the police station on 22nd November, the API was not there. He again wrote a letter, mentioning the incident to the Commissioner.
The same day Nerul Police again called him in the evening. When he went there, the police told him to approach the cybercrime cell and register his complaint there.
Due to the poor response from the lady API after visiting the police station several times, he then called activist Samir Zaveri. Zaveri in turn spoke with API and requested her to register the FIR as it is the police’s duty to register FIR. After registering FIR, police has to summon postal address, particulars of mobile users from mobile service providers to take action against abusive callers. Zaveri told the API that, this is not a case of cyber crime, because the crime was committed through using mobile phone calls and SMSs and was not over the internet.
Finally, after intervention from Zaveri, Nerul police registered an FIR under section 66A of Information Technology Act, 2000 and is now collecting more information about the abusers. This incident shows how painful and frustrated it is for a common citizen to register FIR with police, even in a genuine case like protecting modesty of a woman.
The bulls pushed the stock markets up and ensured the bears did not take it down. The entire trading session remained firm, notwithstanding a minor correction which didn’t last long
On Wednesday, we had mentioned that there would be a possibility of a rally, especially if the Nifty trades above 6,060. On Thursday, the NSE Nifty opened above this level, at 6,092, and closed higher. Even the Nifty intra-day low was above 6,060. This signal tells us the markets are strong as of now. Today was derivatives expiry and naturally the market was volatile. It opened strong and stayed that way throughout, fell sharply in the afternoon and immediate rallied to above the 6,100 level.
The BSE Sensex opened at 20,522 and stayed steady throughout the session. It touched the intra-day high of 20,606 shortly after lunch. Then it dipped to an intra-day low of 20,461 after a brief correction which didn’t last long, before rallying to end the day at 20,566 (up 145 points or 0.71%). Similarly, Nifty opened at 6,092, hit an intra-day high of 6,112 then went down to an intra-day low of 6,068, before rallying to finish at 6,106 (up 49 points, or 0.81%). The indices moved up on slightly stronger volumes of 55.43 lakh shares.
All the indices finished in the green, with media, metals, infrastructure and realty performing strong, moving up 2%, 1.32%, 1.56% and 1.36%, respectively.
Of the 50 stocks on the Nifty, 46 advanced and 4 declined. The top gainers were JP Associates (7.91%); BHEL (3.46%); Grasim (2.64%); Power Grid (2.55%) and IndusInd Bank (2.52%). The top losers were Cairn (-1.58%); Cipla (-0.25%); Tata Motors (-0.05%); NMDC (-0.04).
Of the 1,435 shares on the NSE, 797 closed in the positive, 536 closed in the negative while 102 remained unchanged.
Today saw a significant market-related event. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average jumped 1.80% to close at a six-year high on Thursday, on a weaker yen. The Nikkei was up 277.49 points at 15,727.12, while the broader-based Topix index rose 13.96 points, or 1.12 per cent, to end the day at 1,261.04. It was the highest for the Nikkei since December 12, 2007 when it reached 15,932.26. All Asian markets finished up except Hang Seng which stayed flat, with a downwards bias.
Confidence among euro-zone industrial firms edged higher for a seventh straight month in November. However, consumers do not feel optimistic. The Euro area saw its November economic confidence rise to 98.5, as against estimates of 98. All European markets were seen trending up.
The US economy awaits jobs data that will come in a few days. In the meantime, consumers are eyeing Black Friday deals, marking Thanksgiving and the official start of the Christmas shopping season in America (and the West). The US markets finished up yesterday. Futures were also strongly up in early trade.