Replying to the allegations of “trying to influence” TERI officials against the complainant woman in the sexual harassment case filed against him, R K Pachauri has claimed in an affidavit filed before the Delhi High Court that he “never exercised any pressure upon TERI and its officials.”
Pachauri, who was accused of sexual harassment and intimidation by a woman colleague, has also claimed that the lawyer for the complainant woman had “deliberately made false averments in order to sensationalise the whole issue.”
Advocate Prashant Mehndiratta, counsel for the woman, had recently filed an application seeking cancellation of bail granted to Pachauri in the case, claiming that a TERI employee had “admitted” that Pachauri had exerted pressure on him to ask the complainant to “settle” the matter.
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“The application under reply was not even heard by this hon’ble court and the petitioner and counsel for the petitioner were discussing the application on news channels in order to prejudice the case of respondent,” says the affidavit filed by Pachauri through his counsel Ashish Dixit.
He has also claimed that the lawyer for the woman was “acting like accomplice in conducting ‘media trial’ of the answering respondent. The application is scheduled to be heard by the court on Thursday.
Pachauri also denied the allegations as “incorrect”, “misleading” and “figment of imagination” of the victim and her counsel. “The respondent (Pachauri) has never exercised any pressure upon TERI and its officials,” says the affidavit.