NEW DELHI: A Delhi Court on Monday granted interim protection from arrest to Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) R K Pachauri, against whom an alleged sexual harassment complaint has been registered by a research associate working in his office.
Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Tripathi granted relief till February 26 in the case while hearing his anticipatory bail plea. The court also issued notice to Delhi Police to file a reply on the bail plea. Appearing for Pachauri, senior advocate Sidharth Luthra said that he is seeking anticipatory bail for his client on the ground of the merit of the case as well as of his illness. To this, the court asked what kind of illness did Pachauri have? Replying to that, Luthra said, “We have submitted all medical records regarding his illness, which includes cardiac issues and UTI.”
He informed the court that the Delhi High Court had granted relief to Pachauri from February 19 till Monday and for that reason, he was moving the anticipatory bail plea.
However, advocate Prashant Mendiratta, appearing for the complainant, asked the court to put up the matter for hearing on Tuesday. The Delhi HC had granted Pachauri interim protection from arrest till Feb 23 after he had moved the HC following a police summon for questioning him.