A Delhi Court has framed charges against environmentalist and former chief of The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), R K Pachauri for sexually harassing a woman researcher at a workplace.
The Court has fixed January 4 and 5 for recording the statement of the complainant. Also, the first witness of prosecution will also be examined by the Court.
Mr. Pachauri has been charged with assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty; using a word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.
The case came into light in February 2015 when an FIR was lodged against the environmentalist on charges of outraging the modesty of a woman, following which more women raised similar allegations.
In 2016, Mr. Pachauri had filed a civil suit against the top media houses seeking restraint on reporting the issue. The TERI chief had made Bennett Coleman & Co Ltd, NDTV and India Today, as well as the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, parties to this suit — seeking a permanent injunction against any reporting on the statements made by the women. The defamation suit also involved Rs. 1 crore suit against lawyer Vrinda Grover for allegedly making “false and frivolous allegations”.
Pachauri has denied all the allegations against him.