New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to stay the Industrial Tribunal’s proceedings against former TERI director general R.K. Pachauri in the sexual harassment case.
The Industrial Tribunal had earlier stayed actions based on an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) report, which held Pachauri guilty of sexual harassment, after which the complainant had approached the court to vacate the stay.
The Industrial Tribunal had earlier on May 29 stayed the ICC report after Pachauri filed a plea challenging the findings.
The hearing in the Industrial Tribunal, which is in its final stages, is currently underway in which the legal counsels of both Pacahuri and TERI put forth their arguments and are awaiting the judgement.
The High Court has, however, said the Industrial Tribunal’s order will not come to effect till the next date of hearing on June 1.
Pachauri had yesterday disappointment over media reports stating that the court has ‘sufficient evidence’ in the sexual harassment case against him. He said that the Delhi Court had merely taken cognizance of the ‘allegations’ in the chargesheet, adding nothing has been substantiated in an year-long investigation so far.
The former TERI chief has been summoned as an accused by a Delhi court in a sexual harassment case. The court took cognizance of a chargesheet filed against him for allegedly sexually harassing and outraging the modesty of an ex-colleague.
The court also noted that he allegedly sent inappropriate SMS and WhatsApp messages to the complainant.
The court fixed July 11 as the date to supply the chargesheet copy to the accused.
Earlier, the Delhi Police had filed a chargesheet against Pachauri under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) dealing with assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty, sexual harassment, stalking, criminal intimidation and word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.
The police have cited around 23 prosecution witnesses and several SMS texts, e-mails and WhatsApp messages exchanged between the accused and victim as evidence to support their case.
Pachauri has been charged with sexual harassment by a woman researcher, who used to work directly under him and later resigned from her job as she felt ‘let down’ by TERI. She has now moved to another organisation.