A Delhi court on Friday allowed environmentalist RK Pachauri, accused in a sexual harassment case, to visit offices of The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri), except two establishments, in one of which the complainant now works.
Additional sessions judge Raj Kumar Tripathi’s ruling comes at the heels of Delhi High Court’s refusal to cancel Pachauri’s anticipatory bail on Thursday.
The trial court said he must not approach the head office and the branch where the complainant is currently working.
Pachauri influencing witnesses, cancel bail: Police tell HC
The court was hearing the Teri chief’s plea to modify the March 21 order granting him anticipatory bail in the sexual harassment case on the condition that he join the probe and not enter the office premises.
During the hearing, the investigating officer reiterated the Delhi Police’s stand that if the accused was allowed to go back to work, he was in a position of power and could influence witnesses.
The police added that Pachauri had been questioned four times by the investigators but had been evasive and non-cooperative in his replies.
Appearing for Pachauri, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, pointed to the HC’s refusal to cancel his client’s anticipatory bail. He added that the accused was within his rights to be silent during questioning.
He added that the accused could work out of the Teri University at Vasant Kunj and he will comply with all conditions imposed by the court.