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Delhi police file charge sheet against Pachauri

The Delhi police filed a charge sheet in a Metropolitan Magistrate court here on Tuesday against The Energy and Resources Institute >(TERI) Executive Vice-Chairman R.K. Pachauri for alleged sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of a former woman colleague.

Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan at the Saket District Courts fixed the hearing on April 23 for considering the charge sheet.

Mr. Pachauri, >who has got anticipatory bail, has denied the allegations.

The charge sheet, running into 1,400 pages, has also accused Mr. Pachauri of stalking and criminally intimidating the victim with gesture or act intended to insult her modesty. Police investigations were based on the SMSes and e-mails between the accused and the 29-year-old victim. Police sources said the charge sheet named 23 persons as prosecution witnesses, who were likely to depose in court.

The witnesses include the complainant’s friends and the present and former employees of TERI.

While the victim’s complaint and subsequent statements to the police have formed the basis of the charge sheet, the investigating officers recorded the statements of the witnesses. The complaint of the victim, a former TERI employee, was thoroughly examined.

The sources said a supplementary charge sheet would be filed after the forensic reports of Mr. Pachauri’s mobile phone and laptop computer were received as they would reveal the details of SMSes and yield conclusive evidence against him.

The police have rejected the claim of the accused that his mobile phone was hacked.

The charge sheet has accused Mr. Pachauri of committing offences punishable under Sections 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman), 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 the IPC.


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