A Delhi court on Saturday allowed Teri director general RK Pachauri, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment, to enter Teri headquarters and its Gurgaon office noting that the victim had resigned and was not associated with the institute any longer.
The court had earlier allowed Pachauri to enter his office premises but had barred him from the Gurgaon branch where the victim was working. This order was a modification of the previous order granting him anticipatory bail but barring his entry into all Teri offices. “As the victim is no more associated with the institution, therefore, no prejudice would be caused either to the investigation agency or the prosecution if the application of the accused is allowed,” additional sessions judge Raj Kumar Tripathi said.
The judge, while allowing the application filed by advocate Ashish Dixit on Saturday, said, “Order dated March 21 is modified to the extent that the accused is permitted to enter and visit all the premises of Teri including the head office as well as the Gurgaon office. The application has been disposed off.”
The court also said there was nothing on record to suggest that Pachauri had ever misused the liberty given to him or has violated any bail condition.
Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, appearing for Pachauri, said his client has cooperated in the investigation and has not violated any term or condition imposed upon him. Gupta said the complainant has already resigned from the institute and was no more concerned or connected with Teri.
The investigating officer did not oppose Pachauri’s plea saying a final report, on conclusion of the probe, will be filed very soon.
The complainant had on November 2 resigned from her post in Teri alleging that she was being treated in the “worst possible manner” by the institute, a charge denied by the organisation as “completely false and baseless.”