Sexual assault: RK Pachauri influencing witnesses, says complainant

New Delhi: The woman research analyst who filed a sexual harassment complaint against TERI director general RK Pachauri on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that he was "influencing" the witnesses in the case and sought the cancellation of his bail.

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Justice Sunita Gupta issued notice to Delhi Police and Pachauri and sought their responses by Wednesday.

'Pachauri influencing witnesses'

Appearing for the research analyst, advocate Prashant Mendiratta told Justice Gupta that a "free and fair investigation" cannot be carried out if Pachauri is allowed to roam free

The woman alleged that there is "overwhelming evidence" that he misused the bail granted to him by the trial court on March 21.

"Even police has filed an application in the trial court along with some documents that Pachauri has violated various conditions imposed on him while he was given bail and that he also influenced witnesses. Police have even said that he was not cooperating with them," the advocate told the court.

Mendiratta contended that Pachauri is an "influential man" who has been the top boss of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for the last 34 years and was in active touch with its officials and influencing the witnesses.

Pachauri is "dictating what needs to be said to the witnesses" in the case, the lawyer further added.

The woman also opposed Pachauri seeking modification of a trial court order that bars him from entering the TERI premises.

Pachauri, who is facing charges of sexual harassment and currently is on leave from TERI has requested a modification of an earlier court order and permission to resume work from the office premises.

"Pachauri now sought modification of order by which he was granted anticipatory bail. He is influential man he should not be allowed to enter TERI premises till the investigation is going on," argued Mendiratta.

Justice Gupta posted the plea before another bench on Wednesday.

After the sexual harassment complaint, Pachauri had stepped down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in February and proceeded on leave from TERI.

He has denied the allegations against him.

Citing several SMS texts, e-mails and WhatsApp messages as evidence, the woman accused Pachauri of sexually harassing her soon after she joined TERI in September 2013 and filed a complaint this February.

Pachauri was granted anticipatory bail on March 21 but was directed not to not enter the TERI office till the investigation is complete and not to leave the country without the court's permission.


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