Delhi court allows TERI director general R.K. Pachauri to travel abroad1 min read . Updated: 14 Jan 2016, 12:19 AM IST
R.K. Pachauri's advocate says his client has been fully cooperating with the police investigation
New Delhi: A Delhi court has allowed The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) director general R.K. Pachauri, facing sexual harassment allegations from a former woman colleague, to travel later this week to the US and Guyana to attend meetings.
Metropolitan magistrate Shivani Chauhan allowed Pachauri’s plea seeking permission to attend conferences in California till 16 January and then in Guyana till 21 January. The court granted him permission with a direction that he will make himself available for investigation as required.
“The accused (Pachauri) is permitted to travel, as per his itinerary as stated above, subject to furnishing of one local surety of ₹ 4 lakh to the satisfaction of this court and upon furnishing an undertaking that he will make himself available to the investigating officer as per her requirement upon service of notice on him by the IO (investigating officer)," the court said.
While seeking permission, Pachauri’s advocate Ashish Dixit said his client has been fully cooperating with the probe and he would make himself available as and when required by the IO.
The police opposed his plea on the ground that Pachauri had failed to give satisfactory answers to their questions, but the IO affirmed that he had joined investigation. In its order, the court noted that Pachauri has cooperated in the probe and complied with the conditions imposed on him when he was granted permission to travel on earlier occasions.
“There is nothing on record which shows that the accused has not cooperated in the investigation," the court said.
On 13 February 2015, a first information report was registered against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment under the Indian Penal Code Sections 354, 354(a), 354(d) (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
He had also stepped down from United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, after the case was lodged against him. Pachauri has been allowed to travel abroad by court on seven occasions, including the latest.
During the pendency of the trial, he has travelled to various countries to attend global meets and conferences on environmental issues, including the US, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Kuwait, Somalia, France and Saudi Arabia. PTI