RK Pachauri Allowed To Enter TERI Offices But Barred From Headquarters

17/07/2015 8:17 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
The head of the UN's climate science panel (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - IPCC) Rajendra Pachauri speaks during a climate conference in Paris on November 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Climate change scientist Rajendra Pachauri, who is accused of sexually harassing a 29-year-old employee, has been allowed by a Delhi court to visit TERI (The Energy Research Institute) offices all over the country, with the exception of its headquarters in New Delhi and a branch in Guragon.

The Delhi police informed the court that the complainant worked in the Gurgaon office, and some of the witnesses in the case were at the main office in Lodi Colony.

Pachuari, 74, who received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007, stepped down as its chairman after 13 years in February.

On Thursday, the Delhi police asked the court to cancel Pachauri's anticipatory bail on the grounds that the former TERI chief was not cooperating with the investigation, and he was trying to influence witnesses.

The climate scientist submitted that there was "nothing on record to suggest that he has ever influenced witnesses or any other persons related to the present case or interfered in the investigation."

The complainant has told the court that a "free and fair investigation" cannot be carried out if Pachauri was "allowed to roam around freely."

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