The 29-year-old complainant had recently quit TERI

first_imgalleging she was being treated in the “worst possible manner”, a charge termed by TERI as “completely false and baseless”.Earlier, TERI had termed the petition as not maintainable as there was an alternative remedy of approaching an appellate authority, prescribed by Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act and Rules against non-implementation of the internal complaints committee (ICC) recommendations.Depending on the decision of the appellate authority, a plea can be moved before the court, TERI had said.Pachauri had also sought dismissal of the petition as it amounted to the abuse of process of law.During the hearing today, the womans counsel alleged that TERI and its governing council had “primarily failed to treat it as a misconduct or suspend him (Pachauri)” as recommended by ICC in its report.The counsel also alleged that TERI was treating the ICC report “like a backroom inquiry” and sought its service rules saying there was a “lack of transparency” on how the institute funded by the government worked.On this, the court asked the organisation to produce a copy of service rule book on next date of hearing on June 1.On February 13 last year, an FIR was registered against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment under IPC sections 354, 354 (a), 354 (d) (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation).Pachauri had moved the trial court for relief following the direction of the High Court which had on February 19 last year given him interim protection from arrest. He was later granted anticipatory bail on March 23, 2015 by a trial court.advertisementRecently, the police had filed a charge sheet against him before a trial court for allegedly sexually harassing and outraging the modesty of an ex-colleague. The court took cognisance of the charge sheet and fixed the matter for further proceedings on July 11. PTI PPS ABA HMP PALlast_img

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