New Delhi: A court here on Saturday issued summons to environmentalist RK Pachauri, accused of sexually harassing a colleague, after taking cognisance of a chargesheet against him and holding there is enough material to proceed against him under charges dealing with stalking, words, gestures or acts intended to insult a woman’s modesty.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan considered the charge-sheet and said that there is sufficient material to proceed against the former chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) under the Indian Penal Code’s sections 354A (advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures), 354B (using criminal force against a woman), 354D (stalking), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 341 (wrongful restraint).
The court, however, dropped charges under section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. “There are several allegations against that he made sexually coloured remarks upon the complainant on several occasions. He touched the complainant inappropriately on several occasions, despite a clear indication of disinterest and opposition from her side. He also sent inappropriate SMSs, whatsapp messages and e-mails to the complainant,” the court said.
“Let the accused (Pachauri) be summoned for next date.” The court fixed July 11 for further hearing. A set of copy of the charge-sheet will be supplied to Pachauri at the next hearing.