The Delhi High Court on Wednesday has issued a notice to the former The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) chief R K Pachauri on a plea seeking to defer a trial in the civil defamation case against women’s rights lawyer Vrinda Grover. As per a report by ANI, the court has asked Grover’s lawyer to approach the local commissioner regarding the development of the case and did not even grant any stay on the trial that is slated to take place from June 19 to June 24.
Grover had moved HC against the order of a trial court to hear a Rs 1 crore civil defamation case against her and another women by the former TERI chief during the summer vacation. The petition was presented before Justice C. Hari Shankar on June 13. Shankar rescued from hearing the matter, citing some personal reasons and even said that it would be heard by some other bench, as per a report by PTI. Grover in her petition filed through advocate Anupam Srivastava, had said that the trail court listed the matter for recording of evidence on the dates when she and her counsel both were unavailable.
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In April 2016, Pachauri was accused of sexual harassment by a woman researcher, who used to work directly under the veteran climate scientist and later resigned from her job as she felt ‘let down’ by TERI. Reacting to the allegations, Pachauri later slammed a civil suit against Grover and the woman for allegedly making defamatory statements against him. He has asked for damages of Rs one crore for false and frivolous allegations which, he thinks, could make his case weak.
As per PTI, the ex-TERI chief had also made three media outlets and the Information and Broadcasting Ministries, parties to this suit filed before the Patiala High Court. Pachauri had sought a permanent halt on any reporting of the statements given by the two women.