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Potency positive, Tejpal shrugs

Tarun Tejpal comes out of the court in Panaji on Sunday. (AFP)

Panaji, Dec. 2: Tarun Tejpal has cleared his potency test, mandatory for rape accused.

“When informed about the test results, which came at 4pm, he shrugged,” said a constable who had accompanied the 50-year-old to the forensic department of Goa medical college for the tests this morning.

Police sources said while the potency test was necessary to establish whether the accused was physically capable of the rape he is accused of, Tejpal also had to go through blood and other medical examinations.

“The blood tests and other medical examinations are mandatory every two days when an accused is in police custody,” said Goa DIG O.P. Mishra.

Police sources said Tejpal “sometimes strikes up a conversation with policemen guarding his lock-up, but mostly sits with eyes closed, as if resigned to fate”.

But Norman Albuquerque, a villager from Alto Porvorim, close to Moira village in Goa’s Mapusa area where Tejpal has a mansion, says he has “not lost hope”.

“I run an organisation for protection of men’s rights and I am going to fight for Tejpal by putting in a PIL against the draconian Supreme Court law of 2013 under which he is being tried,” Albuquerque says.

After a series of tests that lasted nearly five hours, Tejpal was taken back to the crime branch office where he was grilled by investigating officer Sunita Sawant. In the evening, dressed in a grey T-shirt, he was again taken to the scene of crime, the Grand Hyatt hotel in Goa’s Bambolim area.

“Suspects are often taken repeatedly to the scene of crime and asked to describe the events to check whether the versions are consistent,” said a police officer who would not confirm whether Tejpal’s versions matched.

Tejpal has been shifted from the cell where he spent the first night with two murder suspects. He has been put in an adjacent lock-up where four poachers are keeping him company.