New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday stayed the order forfeiting the surety of Rs 4 lakh furnished by TERI Executive Vice Chairman R K Pachauri, facing sexual harassment allegations by an ex-colleague, for overstaying abroad in violation of travel conditions imposed on him.
The sessions court stayed till 2 March the order of a metropolitan magistrate, after Pachauri's counsel filed a revision petition before it alleging it was perverse to say that his client had deliberately violated the condition.
"Issue notice of the revision petition to respondent (State) with PF (process fee) returnable for 2 March, 2016. Trial Court Record be requisitioned for next date of hearing. Meanwhile, the order dated 19 February passed by metropolitan magistrate shall remain stayed till the next date of hearing," Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Tripathi said.
The magisterial court had on 19 February forfeited the surety deposited by Pachauri observing that he "unilaterally and deliberately" violated the travel conditions by overstaying in Sharjah by one day, where he had gone to receive a lifetime achievement award.
The court had said that Pachauri "deliberately and unilaterally extended the liberty granted to him. Thus, it is a clear case of violation of terms and conditions, subject to which, the accused was permitted to travel abroad vide order dated 15 February."
It had said Pachauri failed to return to India as per schedule from Sharjah, and there was nothing on record to show that schedule of the event was changed at last minute.
The revision plea, filed through advocate Ashish Dixit, claimed the order of the magistrate was "contrary to both law and facts of the present case".
It said Pachauri had approached the magistrate on February 18 seeking modification of the date of arrival as 19 February and "therefore it is perverse to say that petitioner deliberately violated the condition."