TERI director general, R K Pachauri, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment, has approached a division bench of the Delhi High Court after the single bench refused his request for complete restraint on the media from reporting on the outcome of the inquiry initiated against him under the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act.
The statutory three month inquiry period for the internal complaints committee set up by TERI is set to expire on Saturday. The report of the committee is expected to come out soon.
In his plea filed through advocate Shankh Sengupta, Pachauri has challenged the single bench order allowing the publication and airing of reports regarding the action taken by police, the proceedings of the complaint filed by the complainant before the committee, and connected court proceedings.
The appeal, which was to be taken up by the court of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva on Friday, could not be heard due to the two-day Delhi High Court Bar Association strike.
The court, however, issued notice to the media houses named in the plea and will now hear the matter on Tuesday.
On February 13, an FIR was registered against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment under sections 354, 354(a), 354(d) (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC at Lodhi Colony Police Station.
Currently, Pachauri is on anticipatory bail, granted by the trial court on March 21.
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