TERI director-general RK Pachauri, who has been accused of sexually harassing and stalking a junior colleague, may soon be arrested with the Delhi Police moving for the cancellation of his anticipatory bail, saying he has not been cooperating with the investigation. A sessions court on Monday also refused to hear Pachauri’s plea to travel abroad.
During the hearing, inspector Virendar Dalal told additional sessions judge Raj Kumar Tripathi that the Delhi Police have approached the city prosecution department asking it to move the Delhi high court to cancel the interim bail granted to Pachauri on March 21.
The former UN climate panel chief had moved the sessions court asking to be allowed to travel to Greece from April 26 to 29 for the Global Water Summit where he has been designated as the keynote speaker. In his application, Pachauri said India’s image “would be at stake” if he did not attend the event.
The complainant’s lawyer, Prashant Mendiratta, however, pointed out that the sessions court was not the correct forum to decide on the application, following which the court allowed Pachauri’s lawyer Shankh Sengupta to withdraw the plea and file a fresh one before the relevant magistrate.
Public prosecutor M Zafar Khan said TERI’s acting head, appointed during Pachauri’s leave of absence could represent the organisation at the Athens conference.
Khan said the permission to travel abroad would contradict the conditions laid down by the court while granting the anticipatory bail to Pachauri.