Pachauri permitted to travel to USA for last rites of relative

Pachauri permitted to travel to USA for last rites of relative
Pachauri permitted to travel to USA for last rites of relative

A Delhi court today allowed TERI Director General R K Pachauri, who is facing sexual harassment allegations from a woman employee, to travel to USA to attend last rites of his brother-in-law.

Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan, while allowing Pachauri to go abroad from June 29 to July 9, directed him to inform the Indian Embassy in the US about his arrival there and provide updates on his travel plans by filing the itinerary and photocopy of tickets and passport in the court.

The magistrate also directed Pachauri to inform the court and the Investigating Officer about his return to India on July 9.

The court also directed the The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Director General not to visit any other country and to deposit two sureties of Rs two lakh each.

Advocate Ashish Dixit, appearing for Pachauri, said his client has been cooperating with the cops and had filed this plea only after two rounds of questioning was done by them.

As the police objected to his plea saying Pachauri was trying to evade further interrogation in the case, Dixit said there was no chance of him evading police investigation and he was seeking permission to travel abroad only because of his brother in-law’s death.

Dixit submitted documents regarding death of Pachauri’s brother-in-law.

The police also informed the court that Pachauri will be interrogated tomorrow also.

Meanwhile, victim’s counsel Prashant Mendirata opposed the plea claiming there was likelihood that he may misuse the liberty granted by the court by trying to escape to other countries.

Pachauri, who is on anticipatory bail since March 21, has been questioned twice by the police earlier this week in the sexual harassment case.

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.