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Tarun Tejpal calls sexual assault case as 'drunken banter'
Last Updated : 22 Nov 2013 10:17:21 PM IST
Tarun Tejpal calls sexual assault case as
Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal (File Photo)

 

India’s one of the senior investigative journalists Tarun Tejpal, who exposed many corruption cases including BJP’s former party president Bangaru Laxman accepting bribe in a defence deal, is now facing sexual assault case.

Tehelka’s correspondent has accused Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting during Tehelka’s ‘Think’ seminar in Goa.

Meanwhile, Tejpal has confessed to the crime and tendred written apology to his woman colleague. Tejpal also took six-month leave as atonement for his act.

However, Tarun Tejpal might be arrested by the Goa police after Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar ordered probe into the matter.


In her complaint to Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Choudhary, the victim says, "It is extremely painful for me to write this email to you – I have struggled with finding an easier way to say it, but there isn’t one. The editor in chief of Tehelka, Tarun Tejpal, sexually assaulted me at Think on two occasions last week. From the very first moment, I wanted to call you, or find you and tell you what he had done to me – but given how absorbed you were at Think; preparing for and conducting sessions, and the fact that it was impossible for the two of us to get even a minute alone together, I could not. To add to this, I had to process the fact that it was Tarun who molested me — my father’s ex colleague and my best friend’s dad, and someone I had so deeply respected and admired for so many years."
 

“I hope you will also understand how traumatic and terrifying it has been for me to report this to you — and yet how critical it is that Tehelka constitute an anti sexual harassment cell as per the Vishakha guidelines immediately, to investigate this matter. At the very least, I will need a written apology from Mr Tejpal and an acknowledgement of the same to be circulated through the organization. It cannot be considered acceptable for him to treat a female employee in this way.”

Tejpal offers fullest cooperation to police

Breaking his silence in the sexual assault case, Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal today offered to extend the "fullest cooperation" to the police and all other authorities and expressed readiness to present all the facts of this incident to them.
  
In a statement issued soon after a case was filed against him in Goa, Tejpal said he had "tried to do what was honorably demanded of me" and issued an apology for the "alleged misconduct" as demanded by the victim.
  
"There have been serious allegations cast on me in this last week, and unfortunately as sometimes happens in life, the complete truth and the need to do the honorable thing can come into conflict," he said.
  
Tejpal said that in this case, "this anguish was accentuated by the fact that very many intimate people, professional and personal, were involved".
  
"I offer my fullest cooperation to the police and all other authorities, and look to presenting all the facts of this incident to it," the founder-Editor of Tehelka said.
  
"I also urge the committee and the police to obtain, examine and release the CCTV footage so that the accurate version of events stands clearly revealed," he added.
  
Narrating details of the events that occurred after the incident came to light, Tejpal said, "For four days, as demanded by Shoma Chaudhury, the Managing Editor (of Tehelka), and the recipient of the complaint, I have tried to do what was honorably demanded of me.
  
"On Tuesday, I issued an apology for the alleged misconduct, as desired by the journalist through Shoma Chaudhury.
  
"On Wednesday, I stepped down from the editorship of Tehelka and removed myself from the office premises.
  
"On Thursday, I learnt of the formation of the complaints committee."
  
Tejpal has been under severe attack for the alleged incident with demands for action against him under the law.


 


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Written by Captain Sushil Bhan about 11 months, 3 days, 16 hours, 1 minute, 4 seconds ago

Feel violated ! An arrest is due, overdue

 

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Written by Gumbo about 11 months, 3 days, 15 hours, 41 minutes, 16 seconds ago

When Robert De Nero comes to know what had transpired during his visit to India, it is going to leave lasting impressions about India and its people in a strange way!

 

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Written by Deepa Joshi about 11 months, 3 days, 15 hours, 20 minutes, 42 seconds ago

Absolutely shocking n disgusting. Mr Tejpal should b behind bars. He is a sick man n a habitual offender

 

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Written by Dilip Kumar about 11 months, 3 days, 15 hours, 20 minutes, 28 seconds ago

It is now known for several decades that the press is far from pure as the wind driven snow. THe use of their power has significantly denuded the respect comman people had for them. In spite of knowing this the "press" as a collective group has done nothing to institute a mechanism to raise thier standards of journalism and a self correcting method. For example for the last two nights all news channels are full of questions all leading and most surprisingly based on unverified source content. All the anchors must be ashamed of themselves. IT WOULD BE A GREAT SUPRISE IF THE "PRESS" WERE TO CHANGE. CHANGE IS AGAINST THEIR COLLECTIVE ENLIGHTENED SELF INTEREST.

 

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Written by Abid Hussain about 11 months, 3 days, 15 hours, 10 minutes, 10 seconds ago

had great respect for Tarun Tejpal, the courageous fighter against corruption.Now it seems Bangaru Laxman is a far better person than Tarun.This is not an isolated incident,people who fight for morality in public life and for truth should be of high character.What a fall Mr.Tejpal!!!!

 

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Written by Jayanta about 11 months, 3 days, 15 hours, 2 minutes, 42 seconds ago

Deplorabe. Alongwith tejpal, the person who is addressed in this complaint should be prosecuted. She is an accomplice as she has (a) deliberately not reported a serious offence to the police (b) sheilded the offender (c) in this manner, helped in perpetrating the grievous offence. Additionally, being a mentor and also a woman , she has not protected her junior neither has she handled the matter with any sensitivity. While this journalist has shown the courage to raise her voice, there could very many working under Tejpal who would have been scared / embarassed to file a complaint or may have been coerced from doing so by Tejpal and his ilk. Sad but true - be it the uneducated bus driver in Nirbhaya or the vanguard Tarun tejpal of Tehelka - they behave the same. And with impunity! Shame on you - tejpal and choudhary - you are a disgrace.

 

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Written by Anil Sinha about 11 months, 3 days, 14 hours, 43 minutes, 35 seconds ago

Whom should a woman trust?This man is sick.Molesting a girl young enough to be your daughter.Shame on youMr. Tejpal. You people are like wolves in sheep clothing.

 

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Written by Nishanth about 11 months, 3 days, 14 hours, 41 minutes, 23 seconds ago

Sue tehelka to high glory, Dont spare them, file a police complaint. Tehelka should compensate handsomely and Tarun Tejpal should be fired from HIS publication so what if he founded it. Resigning is not an option, The organisation should protect its employees first and foremost. Just because people are working there doesnt mean that they are easy prey for any kind of atrocity. Disgusted by this whole incident.

 

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Written by Inderjeet Singh about 11 months, 3 days, 14 hours, 33 minutes, 52 seconds ago

Mr N D Tiwari Mr Nityanand Swamy Mr Aasa Ram Mr Tarun Tejpaul Mr Unknown retired Supreme Court Justice and many more of their types... Preaching is very easy ....

 

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Written by Sunaina Chatterjee about 11 months, 3 days, 14 hours, 3 minutes ago

It is utterly Shameful for a person like Mr Tejpal to behave like and animal and I salute the lady for showing the courage to put up a fight against the sexual assault on her.

 

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Written by Rajesh Verma about 11 months, 3 days, 13 hours, 58 minutes ago

This is a clear case of Rape. Tarun Tejpal must be arrested and legal proceedings initiated against him. He is a menace to civil society and if not 'punished' will try to repeat with other innocent girls in future

 

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Written by Ankur about 11 months, 3 days, 13 hours, 36 minutes, 17 seconds ago

Why this busturd is still roaming. He should be put behind the bars immediately. This type of fellows are very dangerous for the society.My advice to the girl is dont feel shamed as you have done nothing wrong. This scoundrel should feel ashamed & should be punished .

 

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Written by Kaustav about 11 months, 3 days, 13 hours, 32 minutes, 52 seconds ago

mortal men and there immoral acts. It's time to bring them out in the open.

 

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Written by Arun about 11 months, 3 days, 13 hours, 22 minutes, 59 seconds ago

Tarun needs be punished and within a timeline of few weeks ::: he should be put behind bars immediately ...........sick and disgusting ::::::::::::::::::

 

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Written by Chaya Srivatsa about 11 months, 3 days, 12 hours, 49 minutes, 53 seconds ago

Instead of moving forward as professionals in the workplace..it is a pity that even so called sophisticated and men who matter,are resolving to base instincts when it comes to women!!

 

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Written by Surrinder Sood about 11 months, 3 days, 12 hours, 47 minutes, 12 seconds ago

The "investigative" journalist Tarun Tejpal has turned into a "probing" journalist. In the lexicon of his professional expertise, unabashed sexual molestation seems to be a substitute for light and friendly "banter". The way he has been conducting himself by treating the shamelessly created situation as if it were part of his duties as editor and the way he is trying to expiate his deliberate sins of commission by "standing down" for six months,shows his sense of crookedness. And his media cronies are calling it "self exile" and making a martyr of him with the intent of putting all the blame on the victim. Tarun Tejpal has acted like big daddy of Asaram Bapu. T T is not standing down, he is standing up.

 

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Written by Sukumar about 11 months, 3 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes, 11 seconds ago

it is extreme courage which the young lady have done. she deserves to be applauded, appreciated and should be awarded at very high level for the courage shown and a proper way shown for all such victims in our dirty society. what is most appreciable is her professional integrity of performing her duties in spite of the trauma which she had. valuable lesson to all young females to share their plight with their colleagues, his daughter and now with the highest management in Tehalka. Mr Tarun Tejpal shall be divested of all his holdings from Tehalka to keep the institution alive. I salute the lady, some day I will give it to my own daughter to learn and understand and be more confident in life

 

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Written by Dr M Vinod Kumar about 11 months, 3 days, 12 hours, 1 minute, 58 seconds ago

Those with low moral values always point at others about morality. Tarun Tejpal is no exception. Shameful to read. I pray God to give the courage to every girl or woman to report such incidents

 

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Written by Ramesh Shankaran about 11 months, 3 days, 11 hours, 59 minutes, 54 seconds ago

Shame on you, 'Tarun'. No justification what so ever. You were acting on high moral grounds.... all sheer nonsense.

 

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Written by Shekar about 11 months, 3 days, 11 hours, 39 minutes, 35 seconds ago

All this evil taking place because of congress in last 70 years they have polluted the whole system they are hand in gloves with the cini field for polluting,in crruption,rape no censure board in cini field

 

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Written by Satyadeep about 11 months, 3 days, 11 hours, 30 minutes, 55 seconds ago

Hats off to this girl for not bending before the best passionate dad TJT .

 

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Written by OM PRAKASH about 11 months, 3 days, 11 hours, 21 minutes, 4 seconds ago

देश को पी. चिदंबरम के सुझावों, कपिल सिब्बल की तीखी टिप्पणियों और मनीष तिवारी के बढ़ा-चढ़कर लिखे जाने वाले ट्विट का इंतजार है। बहादुर बेटी के सामूहिक दुष्कर्म मामले के बाद यौन उत्पीड़न के हर मामले को दर्ज करना जरूरी कर दिया गया था। देश को इंतजार है कि क्या इस मामले में भी ऐसा हो रहा है या आरोपी कांग्रेस से संबंधों के चलते बच निकलेगा। मीडिया क्या अन्य मामलों की तरह इसे भी पूरी गंभीरता के साथ उठाया जाएगा या दबाव में पीड़ित महिला पत्रकार को सत्य से मुकरने को मजबूर होना पड़ेगा।

 

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Written by Susmita about 11 months, 3 days, 11 hours, 13 minutes, 50 seconds ago

What a complete bastard he is...... Two faced hypocrite.... I hope his wife divorces him & his family disown him.

 

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Written by Kusuma Kumari G about 11 months, 3 days, 10 hours, 54 minutes, 30 seconds ago

sad incident. Never expected this from a great journalist like Sri Tejpal

 

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Written by Donna Munshi about 11 months, 3 days, 10 hours, 52 minutes, 40 seconds ago

This is truly disturbing. An absolutely disgusting act. I sincerely hope that this heinous crime doesn't go unpunished.

 

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Written by Arun Nagaria about 11 months, 3 days, 7 hours, 10 minutes, 3 seconds ago

What is going on, pillars of democracy, Supreme Court Judge, Media Tycoon and Pariamentarian and above all our Dharma Guru, thanks to \'Nirbhaya\' for strengthening our sisters and daughters. We are supposed to support these mooves.

 

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Written by N K Maity about 11 months, 3 days, 6 hours, 49 minutes, 51 seconds ago

It's unbelievable. We cannot think this in Indian perspective. But still it has been the reality. It will be discussed in media, papers public gossip etc. They will recommend some law, stringent action etc. Already those are there. Still it is happening. The only way to prevent these is to lay importance in Indian thought, Hindu way of life. Papers media are detracting us from this. They are making business just selling western culture to us. Tarun has been a unmindful product of his profession and business. Let us live and hold high the Hindu life style. N K Maity

 

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Written by Malji Meghwal about 11 months, 3 days, 6 hours, 48 minutes, 27 seconds ago

he may be punished/hangout till death or stoned (sangsar), if he will be not punished then nobody will trust on male and sacred relations. such type of peoples can any time will capture his girl or close relative.

 

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Written by Suzanne about 11 months, 3 days, 6 hours, 35 minutes, 36 seconds ago

Tehlaka machete machete. khud tahlaka ho gaye... koi baat nai bachhu bath tab mai tum hi akele nahi ho...........tum jaise kai hai...... Lallu the tabhi fas gaye tumhe pata nahi ki ser ka sawa ser bhi hota hia duniya mai

 

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Written by Zaphod about 11 months, 3 days, 6 hours, 33 minutes, 3 seconds ago

Thanks for publishing this letter!, if it wasn't for you things would have been hushed up. Kudos! to journalists and editors of Sahara Samay for having taken this decision to post the letter.

 

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Written by Naveen K Garg about 11 months, 3 days, 6 hours, 25 minutes, 12 seconds ago

Horrific and traumatic incidence to girl from such an unsuspecting person! Considering his stature and background such a shameful act is difficult to believe.He should be severly punished as per the Indian Rape Law!

 

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Written by Aj about 11 months, 3 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes, 59 seconds ago

now let us see how many days the media runs this news, in case of asaram it was in months

 

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Written by सिद्धार्थ शंकर त्रिपाठी about 11 months, 3 days, 6 hours, 3 seconds ago

तरुण तेजपाल को अपनी गलती का थोड़ा भी एहसास होता तो वे सबसे पहले सबके सामने उस लड़की के पैर पर गिरकर माफी मांगते और तत्काल निकटतम पुलिस स्टेशन जाकर अपने खिलाफ मुकदमा लिखाते और आत्मसमर्पण करते हुए कोर्ट से अपने लिए सजा की मांग करते। लेकिन जीवन भर दूसरों की कमियाँ दिखाते हुए और उपदेश देते हुए उन्हें यह आत्मविश्वास था कि वे जो भी करेंगे और कहेंगे दुनिया उनकी महानता को देखते हुए सच मान लेगी। संपादक के दायित्वों से छः माह की छुट्टी लेकर उन्होंने अपने कर्तव्यों की इतिश्री कर ली। लच्छेदार भाषा में अपने कुकृत्य को एरर ओफ़ जजमेन्ट बताने का उनका अन्दाज बहुत घटिया था।

 

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Written by SunkaraVijay about 11 months, 3 days, 5 hours, 43 minutes, 39 seconds ago

With media profession joining the list of rapeprone professsion, I wonder what profession is left for women to work safely.

 

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Written by Abhijit Roy about 11 months, 3 days, 5 hours, 9 minutes, 41 seconds ago

The Courts must take suo-moto notice of this and act now to stop the dithering by the authorities and politicisation. Please, it is high time.

 

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Written by Alok Saraogi about 11 months, 3 days, 5 hours, 2 minutes, 30 seconds ago

i'm hurt, i'm disturbed, i'm disillusioned and i'm angry. sexual violence is not acceptable in any part of society but that this should happen at tehelka and by tarun, both of who i have hugely admired and respected as the last bastion of honest and brutal truth, is deeply disappointing at a basic, human level. all gods have feet of clay. and no simply not attending office for 6 months is far from being adequate or appropriate. i feel so, so sorry for the young girl in question and do hope tarun stands up for what tehelka is and stands for and does the honorable and right thing by seeking just punishment. the idea of tehelka is simly too important to be martyred at the altar of one tarun...

 

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Written by सिद्धार्थ शंकर त्रिपाठी about 11 months, 3 days, 4 hours, 30 minutes, 18 seconds ago

तरुण तेजपाल को अपनी गलती का थोड़ा भी एहसास होता तो वे सबसे पहले सबके सामने उस लड़की के पैर पर गिरकर माफी मांगते और तत्काल निकटतम पुलिस स्टेशन जाकर अपने खिलाफ मुकदमा लिखाते और आत्मसमर्पण करते हुए कोर्ट से अपने लिए सजा की मांग करते। लेकिन जीवन भर दूसरों की कमियाँ दिखाते हुए और उपदेश देते हुए उन्हें यह आत्मविश्वास था कि वे जो भी करेंगे और कहेंगे दुनिया उनकी महानता को देखते हुए सच मान लेगी। संपादक के दायित्वों से छः माह की छुट्टी लेकर उन्होंने अपने कर्तव्यों की इतिश्री कर ली। लच्छेदार भाषा में अपने कुकृत्य को एरर ओफ़ जजमेन्ट बताने का उनका अन्दाज बहुत घटिया था।

 

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Written by Saviour about 11 months, 3 days, 3 hours, 25 minutes, 30 seconds ago

What is stopping police to arrest and take action... connection to high places ? and these wolves talked all the time

 

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Written by Arjun about 11 months, 2 days, 22 hours, 59 minutes, 6 seconds ago

@Gumbo, Let robber Di Niro goto hell. Who cares about that douche? He came and left, but left the filthy western culture("making love with more than one women is a good thing") behind. Good riddance. i would say better he don't come back. He should stay in his own ped0phile west.

 

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Written by M. Dikshit about 11 months, 2 days, 16 hours, 29 minutes, 32 seconds ago

He is a sick man, required immediately proper treatment.

 

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Written by PBALACHANDRAN about 11 months, 2 days, 16 hours, 23 minutes, 55 seconds ago

Sad that the Editor should lose his balance to mount an assault on a lady colleague. No excuse however for the drunken the 'banter' be. Even a senior editor did not consider it her duty to come to the rescue of the lady in question, but blatantly and unsuccessfully attempted to throw some cover on the incident by first calling it a private matter, or internal affair. Even the person in question now seems to make innuendoes making the encounter consensual. By repeating the innuendo the lady editor tended to tilt the case against the victim!! This shows how money power can overturn the reputation and let loose a sort of smear campaign that goes a buzz in the channels.

 

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Written by Manjunath.s about 11 months, 2 days, 15 hours, 33 minutes, 18 seconds ago

no comments

 

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Written by Manish about 11 months, 2 days, 14 hours, 8 minutes, 21 seconds ago

completely not acceptable

 

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Written by Ludger D\'Souza about 11 months, 2 days, 12 hours, 45 minutes, 55 seconds ago

I bet the pervert hasn't washed his fingers since the incident. Probably wants to preserve the 'aroma'. : ) Hopefully those digits will putrefy and fall off! On the other hand, could it have been consensual?

 

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Written by Rajesh about 11 months, 2 days, 10 hours, 51 minutes, 24 seconds ago

i wish the case does not gather more black snow. Like asaram bapu case, we may hear about more scandals about tarun and god forbid about his other accomplices.

 

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Written by Dr S K Ghosh about 11 months, 2 days, 8 hours, 46 minutes, 34 seconds ago

Knowing dick head indian police , this is my suggestion how to nail the nihari pandher look alike rapist monster Tejpal. In consensual sex "you don't need to ATONE and lacerate and recuse for six months. Further you don't send texts threatening the hapless girl , nor you write it as grave misjudgement. END OF THE DAY IT IS THE JUDGE , 100 JETHMALANI SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SWING IT . IT is a simple matter of judge believing the girl's version WHICH IS PRETTY OBVIOUS , given THE GRAPHIC DETAILS she had given in her Email and IMMEDIATELY SHE SPOKE TO HER JOUNO COLLEAGUES AND SOME BODY IN ADDIS ABBABA You don't do such things in consensual sex, any braindead person also knows. Shoma should be booked for hushing up the case and not reporting to police , AGAIN IT IS SO STARK a case of trying to obfuscate and sweep it under the carpet , which is same as protecting a CRIMINAL , which is no different from protecting a terrorist.

 

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