RK Pachauri get anticipatory bail till March 27, arrest stayed

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pachauriIn the hearing of  the bail application of  the disgraced TERI director general RK Pachauri, against whom a sexual harassment complaint has been registered by a research associate working in his office. The  Delhi court granted him an interim anticipatory bail till 27th March . The court has granted bail on conditions that he will join the probe as and when asked for. The court also prohibited Pachauri from entering TERI or contacting any of its members directly or indirectly.

Earlier, the Delhi police have recorded the statement of the 27-year-old woman who has filed the case of sexual harassment. The victim is still an employee of TERI who is now on two months leave. “We have recorded her statement over two days, for three hours on Monday and for over five hours on Tuesday,” said a police officer. “She told us everything that she had written in her letter to the internal sexual harassment committee of TERI.”

Following the harassment complaint, the Nobel laureate had stepped down as chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and gone on leave from the job of his think-tank, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) .

According to media reports , the 27-year-old victim had claimed that Pachauri sexually harassed her for nearly two years since she joined the organisation in September 2013. She also alleged that Mr. Pachauri used to send her SMS and e-mails at odd hours. The complainant will submit laptop and mobile to the investigators soon.

The Delhi Police had registered a first information report (FIR)  against the director-general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) after the woman research analyst lodged a complaint alleging harassment. The FIR alleged Pachauri committed offences, which deal with outraging the modesty of a woman, sexual harassment, stalking, and criminal intimidation.

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