Court allows ex-Teri chief RK Pachauri to travel abroad

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 13, 2016 20:22 IST
RK Pachauri resigned as the chairperson of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) following accusation of sexual harassment. (HT file photo)

A Delhi Court on Monday allowed former Teri chief RK Pachauri, who has been summoned as accused by a court in a sexual harassment case, to travel to various countries to attend conferences and meetings till July 5.

Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan granted the environmentalist permission to travel to Mexico, Norway, France and Switzerland. Earlier, the same court had taken cognisance of the charge sheet filed against Pachauri for allegedly molesting and outraging the modesty of an ex-woman colleague.

Pachauri had moved an application seeking permission to travel abroad to attend various functions, seminars and conferences till July 5, as per his itinerary.

The court allowed the application noting that the investigation was complete and chargesheet has already been filed. It directed Pachauri to submit a copy of his itinerary and intimate the court after his return and about any changes in his travel plans in advance.

During the pendency of the trial, Pachauri has been allowed at least 10 times to travel to various countries, including USA, UK, China, Japan, France, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Kuwait, Somalia and Saudi Arabia.

He was chargesheeted by the Delhi police on March 1 this year after which the court took cognisance of the chargesheet on May 14 and summoned him as an accused saying there is sufficient material to proceed against him.

Delhi Police had filed an over 1,400-page charge sheet in the court against Pachauri under sections 354-A (sexual harassment), 354-B(assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 354-D (stalking), 509(word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 341 (wrongful confinement) of the IPC.

On February 13, last year an FIR was registered against Pachauri for the alleged offences and he was granted anticipatory bail in the case on March 21, 2015.

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