Pachauri granted interim protection from arrest till Feb. 26

PachauriTERI Director-General R.K. Pachauri, facing sexual harassment allegations from a woman employee, was on Monday granted interim protection from arrest till February 26 by a Delhi court.Ruling on his anticipatory bail plea, Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Tripathi also issued notice to investigating officer of the case and sought his response on Dr. Pachauri’s application.

“Notice to IO for submission of report on the illness of the applicant (Pachauri). Verification of the document submitted in regard to the illness of applicant. Put up for next date of hearing on February 26. Accused be not arrested till then,” the court said.

Appearing for Dr. Pachauri, senior advocate Sidharth Luthra said that he is seeking anticipatory bail for his client on the ground of the merit of the case as well as of his illness.

To this, the court asked what kind of illness does Dr. Pachauri have? Mr. Luthra said, “We have submitted all the medical records regarding his illness, which include cardiac issues and UTI.”

He informed the court that Delhi High Court had granted relief to Dr. Pachauri from February 19 till Monday and for that reason he was moving the anticipatory bail plea.

However, advocate Prashant Mendiratta, appearing for the complainant, asked the court to put up the matter for hearing tomorrow.

“IO can respond by tomorrow and the medical record could be verified very easily. The allegations against the accused are very serious in nature which include groping and physical assault on the complainant,” Mr. Mendiratta said.

Nido Tania case: Victim’s father moves HC over dropped charges

A Congress MLA from Arunachal Pradesh and father of Nido Tania, a youth who died early last year after he was allegedly beaten up by some persons at Lajpat Nagar here, has moved the nido tania against the trial court’s decision to drop the charges under the SC/ST Act against the accused.

Nido Pavitra has moved the high court seeking quashing of the September 25, 2014, order of the sessions court which had held that no charge could be framed against the accused under the relevant provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

19-year-old Tania, a BA first year student in a private university here, had an altercation with some shopkeepers at Lajpat Nagar market here on January 29, 2014, after they made fun of his hair style.

Following the altercation, the shopkeepers had allegedly thrashed him. He was brought dead to AIIMS the next day.

The death of Tania had evoked outrage among the people of the northeast living in the national capital who alleged police had failed to protect him.

Initially, the police had booked the four adult accused, Farman, Pawan, Sunder Singh and Sunny Uppal, under section 302 (murder) of IPC after the postmortem report showed Tania died due to injuries on his head and face caused by a blunt object. The agency had also invoked charges under the SC/ST Act.

However, during filing of the charge sheet, CBI had dropped the murder charges against the accused, saying Tania’s killing was not premeditated but a result of an altercation over breaking of a glass counter of a shop in the market.

Three minors, who had also allegedly assaulted Tania, are facing an inquiry before the Juvenile Justice Board here.

“It is humbly submitted that the trial court had adopted wrong interpretation of the law and refused to frame charges against the accused persons under the provisions of the SC/ST Act despite the fact that the entire assault which resulted in the untimely demise of a young man was unequivocally and clearly motivated by the accused perceiving the deceased as belonging to Scheduled Tribe,” the petition, filed by Advocate Prashant Mendiratta, said