The Delhi High Court today dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail granted by a lower court to former IPCC Chief RK Pachauri.
The petition was filed by the researcher who had filed sexual harassment charges against Pachauri, alleging that he had harassed her since September 2013.
Pursuant to registration of a first information report (FIR), Pachauri had successfully moved the trial court for grant of anticipatory bail. The anticipatory bail had been granted on the condition that Pachauri should not enter the premises of TERI and should also join the investigation as and when required to do so.
The plea for cancellation of anticipatory bail was moved by the employee citing evidence-tampering and influencing of witnesses. She had submitted in her petition that a “free and fair investigation could not be carried out if the accused was allowed to move freely.”
During previous hearings, the researcher’s counsel had informed the Court of a complaint filed by another former employee of TERI, who had told the police about being ‘approached’ by officials from the organization in settling the issue.
This complaint was highlighted by the Petitioner’s counsel Prashant Mendiratta as a reasonable premise to conclude that Pachauri was at the helm of affairs at TERI and was likely to directly/indirectly influence witnesses.
In yet another related development, Pachauri had filed a contempt petition recently seeking action against some media houses for “deliberately” disobeying court orders and publishing averments made against him in connection with the sexual harrassment case.
This case is slated to be heard on March 10.
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