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Tehelka founder Tarun Tejpal booked for illegal possession of mobile phone in jail

tejpalTehelka founder Tarun Tejpal, who has been charged with raping a younger colleague, has been booked for illegal possession of a mobile phone in a Goa jail.

“A case has been registered against Tejpal under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prisons Act,” said Superintendent of Police (South) Vijay Singh.

Officials of the Sada Sub jail, located 40 kms from Panaji, found seven mobiles in the prison during a routine check on Monday. One of it was allegedly found under the bedding used by Mr Tejpal.

The police said that Mr Tejpal has been booked under Sections 120, 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy), 130 (aiding other criminals) and 188 (violating jail rules) of the Indian Penal
Code and Section 46 of the Prisons Act which could curtail facilities given to him.

Mr Tejpal, 50, has been behind bars since November last year for allegedly raping a junior woman colleague during an event in Goa.

The Goa Crime branch has filed a charge sheet against him for rape, outraging modesty and sexual harassment of a woman journalist.

Mr. Tejpal has filed a petition seeking bail before Goa bench of Bombay High Court. It will be heard on March 4.

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