Pachauri is influencing witnesses: Complainant

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 20, 2015 00:26 IST

The woman research analyst who filed a sexual harassment complaint against Teri director general RK Pachauri Tuesday sought cancellation of his bail at the Delhi high court contending that he was “influencing” the witnesses in the case.

Justice Sunita Gupta issued notice to Delhi police and Pachauri and sought their responses by Wednesday on the woman’s plea.

Appearing for the research analyst, advocate Prashant Mendiratta told Justice Gupta that a “free and fair investigation” cannot be carried out if Pachauri is allowed to roam free. The woman alleged that there is “overwhelming evidence” that he misused the bail granted to him by the trial court on March 21.

“Even police has filed an application in the trial court along with some documents that Pachauri has violated various conditions imposed on him while he was given bail and that he also influenced witnesses. Police have said that he was not cooperating with them,” Mendiratta told the court.

He said Pachauri was an “influential man” who has been the top boss of The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) for the last 34 years and was in active touch with its officials and influencing the witnesses.

Pachauri is “dictating what needs to be said to the witnesses” in the case, the lawyer further added. The woman also opposed Pachauri seeking modification of a trial court order that bars him from entering the Teri premises.

Justice Gupta posted the plea before another bench on Wednesday. The woman had accused Pachauri of sexually harassing her soon after she joined Teri in September 2013 and filed a complaint this February.

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