Pachauri can visit TERI headquarter: Court

New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) A Delhi court on Saturday allowed environmentalist R.K. Pachauri, an accused in a sexual harassment case, to visit TERI’s headquarter here and other offices.

Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Tripathi allowed Pachauri’s plea seeking permission to visit all The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) premises, including headquarter in Delhi.

Pachauri’s counsel Ashish Dixit said on July 17, the court had allowed his client to enter the other offices of TERI but barred him from visiting the organisation’s headquarter on Lodhi Road in south Delhi and Gurgaon, where the complainant was working.

In early November, a woman researcher who had hurled charges of sexual harassment against Pachauri quit her job at TERI, alleging she had been treated badly. TERI had denied the charge.

Expressing his dissatisfaction, victim’s counsel advocate Prashant Mendiratta said he would challenge the order in the Delhi High Court.

After the sexual harassment complaint, Pachauri, who denied all allegations, stepped down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February and proceeded on leave from TERI as its director-general.

Later, Pachauri was ousted from his post as head of TERI in July and Ajay Mathur was appointed the director general.

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 in February 2014.

Pachauri was granted anticipatory bail on March 21 but was directed not to leave the country without the court’s permission.

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