The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Director General R K Pachauri — who was accused of sexual harassment by a junior colleague — was allowed to enter the institute’s headquarters and the Gurgaon office by a Delhi sessions court on Saturday.
Modifying his earlier order, Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Raj Kumar Tripathi allowed Pachauri to enter both offices while observing that the complainant is no longer associated with the institution. Therefore, he added, no prejudice would be caused to the investigating agency probing the case.
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Meanwhile, the Delhi police — which did not oppose Pachauri’s plea — also informed the court that all witnesses in the case had been examined and the investigation is “almost complete”. The investigating officer said a final report is likely to be filed in the court very soon.
ASJ Tripathi had earlier allowed Pachauri to enter his office premises, but not the Gurgaon branch where the complainant was working and the head office.
“Order dated March 21 is modified to the extent that the accused is permitted to ‘enter and visit’ all premises of TERI, including the head office as well as Gurgaon office. Application is disposed,” the court added.
During proceedings, Pachauri’s counsel, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, argued that “due to restrictions imposed by the court, my client is not in a position to perform his duties…”
Gupta further said his client had neither “violated any terms and conditions for grant of bail” nor had he “influenced any prosecution witnesses”. Hence, he should be allowed to enter the TERI offices, said Gupta.
“My client has not been called for any purpose of investigation after July 12. He has not misused the liberty granted to him by this court. The complainant has already resigned from TERI, her resignation has been accepted by the competent authority…,” Gupta added.
On November 2, the complainant had resigned from her post.
“TERI failed to uphold my interests as an employee, let alone protect them. The organisation has instead protected R K Pachauri and provided him full immunity, despite your own inquiry committee holding him guilty of sexual harassment,” the complainant had stated in her resignation letter.