A top Indian news magazine editor Tarun Tejpal has been arrested in the resort state of Goa over accusations he sexually assaulted a young female employee.
Tejpal is the founder of Tehelka, an investigative magazine responsible for some of India's hardest-hitting journalism about abuses of power, corruption and violence against women.
Tejpal, 50, was taken into custody by police at the crime branch office in the Goan state capital of Panaji.
"Mr Tejpal has been arrested," a police officer investigating the case told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding he was likely to be produced before a magistrate on Sunday.
A crime branch official and other leading media outlets also said Tejpal had been detained.
Earlier in the day, a district court turned down a bail plea that Tejpal moved apprehending arrest.
Ahead of his court plea, Tejpal was questioned by the police over allegations that he sexually assaulted a journalist working for Tehelka in a hotel elevator in Goa during a magazine-sponsored event earlier this month.
The case has grabbed headlines in recent days mainly because of the prominence of Tejpal and his liberal-oriented magazine, which set a new trend in Indian journalism with its graft exposes and sting operations.
The magazine has reported forcefully on gender inequality in India recently, highlighting police and judicial insensitivity to rape victims as well as the misogynistic attitudes of many Indian men.
Tejpal, also a famed novelist, has denied the sexual assault allegations.
The alleged victim, who quit her job at the magazine after the scandal broke, said in a statement on Friday she was fighting to preserve her "integrity".
Tejpal, who initially apologised for what he called "a bad lapse of judgment", later termed the incidents "consensual" and "fleeting".
India's media became much more sensitised to sexual assault cases after the fatal gang-rape of a student in Delhi last December stirred massive protests over violence against women.
Under a new tougher rape law passed by parliament after the gang rape, Tejpal could be jailed for 10 years, lawyers say.