Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:15:00 GMT | By Agencies

Tehelka forms panel to probe charges against Tejpal

Tejpal's alleged sexual harassment of a colleague costs Tejpal membership of the Prasar Bharati board

Sexual harassment charges cost Tejpal Prasar Bharti membership (© AFP)

New Delhi: The Tehelka management on Thursday constituted a formal complaints committee to inquire into allegations of sexual harassment made against the magazine's editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal by a junior colleague.

Leading activist Urvashi Butalia is heading the panel which will conduct an internal inquiry into the charges made by the girl.

Meanwhile, the expose of his alleged sexual assault has cost Tejpal membership of the Prasar Bharati Board.

Tejpal was selected as a member of the Prasar Bharati Board on Tuesday by a committee headed by Vice President Hamid Ansari, sources said.

However, soon after Tejpal's alleged sexual assault on a colleague came to light last night, Ansari immediately asked the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to cancel it, the sources added.

The Prasar Bharati Board comprises a Chairman, an Executive Member (Chief Executive Officer), a Member (Finance), a Member (Personnel), six Part-time Members, a representative of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the Directors General of All India Radio and Doordarshan as Ex-officio Members.

The Chairman is a part-time member with a six-year tenure. The Executive Member has a tenure of five years, subject to the age limit of 65 years. Member (Finance) and Member (Personnel) are full time members with a six-year tenure, subject to the age limit of 62 years.

Tejpal's alleged sexual harassment of the colleague a few days back in Goa has snowballed into a major controversy.

He announced last night that he was "recusing" from his job for six months after an email by the woman journalist of his magazine alleging sexual assault on her by him was made public.

Goa police is considering summoning him while questions have been raised over the way the weekly magazine has handled the issue.

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