TERI chief R K Pachauri, who received the Nobel in 2007 on behalf of an international panel on climate change, has been named in an FIR lodged in New Delhi by a woman colleague who has accused him of sexual harassment.
While the FIR was lodged on Wednesday, Pachauri received interim relief against arrest on Thursday from the Delhi High Court enabling him to approach a lower court for anticipatory bail by February 23.
Pachauri had approached the court for interim protection till March 23 after he was summoned by police for questioning with regard to the allegations.
In his plea, heard by Justice S P Garg, Pachauri claimed that he had “come to know” about the FIR from news reports, and that he had received a notice from police to produce his laptop, telephone and other documents.
In the FIR, the complainant, who works at the D-G’s office in TERI, claimed that Pachauri had sexually harassed her for nearly two years since she joined the organisation in September 2013. She also alleged that Pachauri had engaged in “sexually laden conversations” with her over email and SMS.
By Sarah Hafeez , Aneesha Mathur