कहा जा रहा है कि संस्थान के किसी पत्रकार के साथ व्यवहार से असंतुष्ट तेजपाल ने यह निर्णय लिया है।
अपने मेल में तेजपाल ने माफी के साथ-साथ प्रायश्चित करने की बात कही है।
तेजपाल के मेल की सूचना कर्मचारियों को दे दी गई है। एनडीटीवी से बात करते हुए चौधरी ने कहा कि यह संस्थान का भीतरी मामला है।
Tarun Tejpal steps down as Tehelka’s Editor-in-Chief for six months after “incident” with woman colleague
New Delhi: Tarun Tejpal has recused himself for six months as the Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka, after what is being described, in an official statement, as ‘an incident with a journalist’.
In an e-mail sent to the weekly magazine’s Managing Editor, Shoma Chaudhury, Mr Tejpal wrote: “A bad lapse of judgment, an awful misreading of the situation, have led to an unfortunate incident that rails against all we believe in and fight for. I have already unconditionally apologised for my misconduct to the concerned journalist, but I feel impelled to atone further.”
He added, “I feel atonement cannot be just words. I must do the penance that lacerates me. I am therefore offering to recuse myself from the editorship of Tehelka, and from the Tehelka office, for the next six months.”
Forwarding Mr Tejpal’s mail to Tehelka’s employees this evening, Ms Chaudhury wrote: “There has been an untoward incident, and though he has extended an unconditional apology to the colleague involved, Tarun will be recusing himself as the editor of Tehelka for the next six months.”
In statement to NDTV Ms Chaudhury said, “This is an internal matter. The journalist concerned is satisfied with the action taken. Tarun Tejpal’s recusing himself is in keeping with the principles of right response and standards that we want to live by.”
A person close to the journalist spoke to NDTV said it was an act of “grave sexual misconduct.”
“It happened not once, but twice and the girl is completely shattered and emotionally scarred. She continues to put forward her plea that Tehelka should set up a committee to look into sexual harassment cases according to Visakha guidelines,” she said.
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