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A year after complaint, police file chargesheet against R K Pachauri for sexual harassment

The police has filed charge sheet at the Saket district court, which has fixed 23 April for taking cognizance of the charge sheet.

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More than a year after the Delhi Police registered a case against former chief of The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), R K Pachauri, the probe agency has chargesheeted the scientist for allegedly sexually harassing and outraging the modesty of a former woman colleague.

Police Tuesday filed the chargesheet before Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan, who has now fixed April 23 for taking cognizance of the chargesheet.

The chargesheet before the designated Mahila Court in Saket District Courts has charged Pachauri under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 A (punishment for sexual harassment), 354 D (stalking), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) under the IPC.

Police had registered the case against Pachauri based on a criminal complaint filed by the woman in February last year. In its chargesheet, police has named 23 persons as prosecution witnesses, many of whom are former and present employees of TERI, said the sources.

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Court sources claimed the chargesheet has also relied upon the statements of the woman recorded before the magistrate and the Delhi Police.

The 1,000-page chargesheet contains annexures related to call details records and transcripts of emails and text messages. Police had earlier sent this evidence for forensic examination to Gujarat and those reports are still awaited.

The final reports of the forensic examination is likely to find a place in the supplementary chargesheet. The results include analysis of the mobile phone and laptop, which were submitted by Pachauri. He had claimed he was a victim of hacking and that his computer resources were misused.

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The woman had claimed that Pachauri sexually harassed her for nearly two years after she joined TERI in September 2013, and also alleged that he had engaged in “sexually-laden conversations” with her over emails and text messages.

First published on: 02-03-2016 at 02:10:42 am
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