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Delhi Police file charge sheet against Pachauri for sexual harassment

Delhi Police has filed its chargesheet against RK Pachauri in a sexual harassment complaint lodged over a year ago by his 29-year-old female colleague. The research assistant at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) had, last February, accused the 76-year-old climate scientist of sexually harassing her at work for over a year and a half.

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Pachauri has also been accused of stalking and insulting the victim’s modesty.

The 1400 pages charge sheet was filed in Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan’s court, who has fixed it for consideration on April 24.

Police has arrayed 23 prosecution witnesses, many of whom are present and former employees of The Energy Research Institute (TERI).

Pachauri has been accused of committing offences punishable under sections 354(assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 A (sexual harassment), 354 D (stalking), 506(criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC.

Police in its report filed in the Delhi High Court recently has said that an out-of-court settlement was proposed to the victim. The status report was filed in the matter in which the victim has sought quashing of anticipatory bail of Pachauri granted by the trial court in the case.

The woman in the status report has sought quashing of anticipatory bail of Mr. Pachauri granted by the trial court in the case on March 21 last year.

Police has said that an out-of-court settlement was proposed to the woman.

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