Delhi court grants bail to R.K. Pachauri in molestation case


New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday granted regular bail to the Former chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) , R.K. Pachauri, in a molestation case filed by a former colleague. The bail was given on his furnishing a personal bond of Rs. 50,000. Metropolitan magistrate Shivani Chauhan granted the environmentalist permission to travel to Mexico and the United States from July 12 to August 14.

The court also granted regular bail to Pachauri, who was on anticipatory bail granted by a local court on March 21, 2015. The court took note of the fact that Pachauri was granted permission to travel abroad on earlier occasions and had complied with the conditions set by the court. Mr. Pachauri appeared before the court along with his lawyer, Ashish Dikshit, on a summons by the court. Taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police in the matter in March, the court, in May, summoned him as an accused.

Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan had said that there was sufficient material to proceed against Mr. Pachauri under the Indian Penal Code Sections 354, 354-A and 34, among others. The woman had filed a complaint against Mr. Pachauri in February last year. However, the court has dropped the charge of criminal intimidation against him.

“There are several allegations against the accused that he made sexually coloured remarks upon the complainant on several occasions, despite a clear indication of disinterest and opposition from her side. He also sent inappropriate SMSs, Whatsapp messages and emails to the complainant,” the Magistrate had said.

The police have cited 23 persons as prosecution witnesses. When the woman had filed a complaint against Mr. Pachauri last year, he had immediately moved a Delhi court for anticipatory bail. The court had initially restrained the police from arresting him. Counsel for Mr. Pachauri then submitted before the court that the allegations against him were false.