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Sufficient evidence against R K Pachauri: Police

Sufficient evidence against R K Pachauri: Police

There is “sufficient evidence” against TERI Executive Vice Chairman R K Pachauri that he sexually harassed, stalked and threatened his former woman colleague, the Delhi Police has said in its charge sheet filed before a court in New Delhi.

The charge sheet, which was filed a year after the 29-year-old former research analyst of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) lodged the complaint against Pachauri, also said that the probe in the case was complete and the accused may be called through notice and put on trial for his “criminal act”.

The charge sheet filed on Tuesday, the copy of which was accessed Thursday, said “Investigation of the case has been completed in all aspects.

“There is sufficient evidence against accused person as he had committed offences under sections 354 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) by outraging her modesty, 354A by making physical contact, unwelcome and sexually coloured remarks, 354D as he followed her through emails and text messages.

“Under section 506 by threatening her of dire consequences regarding her job if she does not fulfil his wishes even after she had rebuked him not to indulge in such activities of stalking and 509 by teasing and using vulgar gesture and actions,” the charge sheet filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan said.

“Therefore, on the basis of statements and evidences on record there are sufficient evidence against the accused under sections 354, 354A, 354D, 506, 509 of IPC. Hence, he may be called through notice, witnesses may be summoned and the accused person be trailed for his criminal act as per procedure of law,” the charge sheet, running into over 1400 page along with the annexures, said.

Pachauri has denied all the allegations against him.

The police, which has annexed in the charge sheet the emails and text messages exchanged between the accused and the complainant, also relied upon their call detail records.

“During the course of probe call detail records of complainant and the accused between February 1 and 20, 2015 were obtained. On analysing the CDRs, it is revealed that accused person was in constant touch with the complainant and had made several calls and SMSes during late night hours.”

“The scrutiny of documents from TERI revealed that the accused held 27 journeys with the complainant at different destinations with effect from October 2013 till September 2014,” it said.

The police, however, said that the forensic report of the electronic devices, including mobile phones, hard disks and laptops, which have been sent to Forensic Lab in Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat, are awaited “despite several reminders”, adding that whenever the result is received and if any further evidence came on record, the same will be filed in the court through supplementary charge sheet.

( Source – PTI )

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