HC refuses to cancel Pachauri’s anticipatory bail

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New Delhi:The Delhi High Court today refused to cancel immediately the anticipatory bail granted by a trial court to TERI Director R K Pachauri in an alleged sexual harassment case lodged by a woman research analyst. Justice S P Garg posted the matter for July 16 after the counsel for Pachauri sought more time to file response to the application move by the 29-year-old woman, who has alleged that “free and fair investigation” cannot be carried out if Pachauri is “allowed to roam around freely”.

“Let them (Pachauri and Delhi Police) file their responses then we will think over it. There is no point of cancelling the bail application immediately,” the court said.It added that “This application (for cancellation of Pachauri’s bail) should not come in the way of trial court proceedings.” The judge made the observations after the complainant’s counsel, advocate Prashant Mendiratta, informed the court that Pachauri has even filed an application seeking modification of trial court’s order that bars him from entering The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) premises.

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