The Goa government’s appeal against journalist Tarun Tejpal’s acquittal in a rape case was postponed until July 29 on Thursday after the prosecution requested extra time to alter their memorandum of appeal. When the case came up for hearing, state attorney general Devidas Pangam requested a week to submit copies of the amended appeal to the court.
“At the request of the learned advocate general, leave is granted to further amend the memo of appeal. AG states that the further amendment will be carried out within a week of one week from today,” the high court bench of justices MS Sonak and MS Jawalkar said.
Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing on Tejpal’s behalf, told the court that he had not yet received copies of the memorandum of appeal, as well as copies of papers, transcripts, and other material that the prosecution will seek to rely on during the hearing.
Sibal stated that he only had a copy of the initial appeal, which still stated that a copy of the judgement had not been made accessible, prompting the Advocate General to request permission from the court to file an amended copy and serve the defence as well. In May, supplementary sessions judge Kshama Joshi acquitted Tejpal of all counts. Tejpal was granted the benefit of the doubt and acquitted due to a lack of evidence, according to the judge’s decision, which was handed out to the parties on Tuesday.