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Delhi Court Frames Molestation Charges Against Former TERI Chief RK Pachauri
Over 1,400-page charge sheet was filed by the Delhi Police on March 1, 2016, saying there was "sufficient evidence" against Pachauri that he had sexually harassed, stalked and threatened the complainant.
New Delhi: A Delhi court Saturday framed molestation charges against RK Pachauri, former Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in the alleged sexual harassment case, lodged against him by his former colleague. The charges were be filed under 354, 354-A, 509 sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) after Pachauri, who was present in the courtroom, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.
Advocate Ashish Dixit, appearing for the accused, sought a speedy trial after which the court put up the matter for further proceedings on January 4, 2019.
On September 14, the court had ordered framing of sexual harassment charges under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), Section 354A (advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures) and Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the India Penal Code against the noted environmentalist.
Pachauri headed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change from 2002 until his resignation in February 2015, due to sexual harassment allegations against him.
He stepped down as Chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February 2015 and proceeded on leave from TERI, where he was the Director General. Later, he also stepped down from his post in TERI.