A year after an FIR was lodged against former TERI chief R K Pachauri for allegedly sexually harassing and outraging the modesty of a former colleague, a city court Saturday took cognizance of a chargesheet filed against him and issued summons to Pachauri to face trial as an accused.
“The court is satisfied that there is sufficient material to proceed against accused R K Pachauri under sections 354-A, 354-B, 354-D, 509 and 341 of IPC. Cognizance taken accordingly… let the accused be summoned for the next date i.e. July 11,” said Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan.
On March 1, Delhi Police had filed an over 1,400-page chargesheet against Pachauri under sections 354-A (sexual harassment), 354-B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 354-D (stalking), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 341 (wrongful confinement) of the IPC.
The Metropolitan Magistrate noted, “There are allegations against the accused that he made sexually coloured remarks upon the complainant on several occasions. He touched the complainant inappropriately despite a clear expression of disapproval from her side. He sent inappropriate SMSes and WhatsApp messages to the complainant”.
The chargesheet has named 23 prosecution witnesses, many of them present and former employees of TERI.
Pachauri had been granted anticipatory bail in the case in March last year.
On February 13 last year, an FIR was registered against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment under IPC sections 354, 354(a), 354(d) (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
The woman had resigned from TERI in November last year after alleging that instead of taking steps to protect her, the institute had “protected Pachauri” and “mistreated” her.