NEW DELHI:The Delhi Police on Saturday said Director General (DG) of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) R K Pachauri would be summoned on Monday for questioning in connection with the alleged sexual harassment charge levelled by a junior colleague.
The High Court had granted Pachauri interim relief from arrest till February 23 and allowed him to approach a lower court to seek anticipatory bail. Prior to that, police officials are likely to question him in connection with the case.
On Saturday, the victim requested that Pachauri be asked to surrender his passport to the police. She also told the police that he was planning to travel to Nairobi on Sunday for an international climate conference, and expressed the apprehension that he may not return to face the investigation.
According to the counsel for the complainant, Pachauri had been named in the FIR lodged in New Delhi by the woman colleague. The lawyer said that an FIR was filed on February 18 and then the complainant was questioned. In it, the complainant, who works at the Pachauri’s office in TERI, claimed that he had been sexually harassing her ever since she joined the organisation in September 2013. She also alleged that Pachauri had engaged in ‘sexually explicit conversations’ with her via email and SMS text messages.
Hours after the registration of the FIR, the woman submitted a written request to police, asking them to confiscate Pachauri’s mobile phone, laptop and other computers. The complainant also told the police that Pachauri had tried to contact her four times on Tuesday morning through phone calls and text messages.
The police registered an FIR against Pachauri at Lodhi Colony police station after the woman submitted a 33-page complaint on February 13.