A Delhi court on Monday granted interim protection from arrest till February 26 to TERI director-general R K Pachauri, who is facing allegation of sexual harassment from a woman employee.
Pachauri moved the trial court for relief following direction from the Delhi High Court, which had on February 19 given him interim protection till Monday. Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra sought anticipatory bail on health grounds. To which, the court asked what kind of illness does Pachauri have. Replying to the court query, the Luthra said, “We have submitted all the medical records regarding his illness which include cardiac issues and UTI (urinary tract infection).”
Granting interim protection till February 26, Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Tripathi issued notice to the investigation officer of the case and sought his response on Pachauri’s application. “Notice to IO for submission of report on the illness of the applicant (Pachauri).
Verification of the document submitted in regard to the illness of applicant. Put up for next date of hearing on February 26. Accused be not arrested till then,” the court said.
Sources said Pachauri was bought to Fortis Escorts Hospital by family members, including his daughter, and admitted to the cardiology department on Monday morning.
Meanwhile, advocate Prashant Mendiratta argued that the interim protection from arrest should not be given for a long period as the accused was in an influential position and heads the organisation where the complainant is working.