Former TERI chief R.K. Pachauri, who is accused in a sexual harassment case, was granted bail. Court also allowed him to travel abroad.
“The investigation of the case is complete. Charge sheet has already been filed. He was never arrested during the investigation. No fruitful purpose would be served by sending him to jail,” the magistrate Shivani Chauhan said. Further, the court asked him to file a copy of his travel tickets and intimate the court after his return or any changes in his travel itinerary.
The court, while taking cognisance of the charge sheet, had earlier said there was sufficient material to proceed against Pachauri.
“There are allegations against the accused that he made sexually coloured remarks upon the complainant on several occasions. He touched the complainant inappropriately despite a clear expression of disapproval from her side. He sent inappropriate SMSes and WhatsApp messages to the complainant,” the Metropolitan Magistrate had said.
Last year in February, an FIR was registered against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment. Delhi Police, which filed the chargesheet, had arrayed 23 prosecution witnesses, many of whom are present and former employees of TERI.