RK Pachauri Withdraws Plea from High Court Against Media House

Pachauri, accused of sexual harassment, is currently on anticipatory bail granted by the trial court last year.

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TERI’s Executive Vice Chairman, RK Pachauri, accused of sexual harassment, withdrew his plea – seeking to restrain a media house from publishing reports on the proceedings and outcome of inquiry against him – from the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.

Pachauri, who has denied all allegations levelled against him, through his counsel told a bench of justices Gita Mittal and IS Mehta that damage has already been done and the publication was still going on, so there was no point in keeping the appeal pending before it.

Advocate Ashish Dixit, appearing for Pachauri, submitted that a civil defamation suit is pending before a trial court for consideration against the accused media house, which will be decided on merit.

Taking note of the submissions, the court allowed him to withdraw the appeal against a single bench order of 18 February, 2015, which had refused his request for complete restraint on media from reporting on the outcome of the inquiry against him under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act.

“The appeal and all the applications stand withdrawn. Interim order shall stand discharged,” the bench said.

Pachauri has denied all allegations levelled against him. (Photo: Reuters)
Pachauri has denied all allegations levelled against him. (Photo: Reuters)

In its interim order, the high court had said,

Any steps taken by the respondents (media house and a journalist) shall comply with Section 16 (prohibition of publication or making known contents of complaint and inquiry proceedings) of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act...

Pachauri had challenged the single bench order allowing the publication and airing of reports regarding action taken by police, the proceedings of complaint filed by complainant before the committee, and connected court proceedings.

On 13 February 2015, an FIR was registered against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment under sections 354, 354(a), 354(d) (molestation) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC at Lodhi Colony Police Station, on a complaint filed against him by a female former research analyst. Currently, Pachauri is on anticipatory bail granted by the trial court on 21 March, 2015.

Recently, police had filed a chargesheet in the case against Pachauri before a trial court for the alleged offences under several sections including 354 (outraging woman’s modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).

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