New Delhi: A sessions court in New Delhi on Wednesday set aside a magistrate court order asking TERI executive vice chairman RK Pachauri to forfeit his surety bond and said one-day extension of Pachauri's Sharjah trip was "neither deliberate nor intentional".
Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Tripathi set aside a magisterial court order of 19 February and said: "Extension of one day schedule of return of revisionist (Pachauri) was beyond his control and his act was neither deliberate nor intentional, therefore, learned magistrate was not justified to dismiss the application of revisionist on 19 February and forfeit the surety bonds furnished by revisionist at the time of his travel."
A magistrate court on 19 February ordered Pachauri to fortfeit his surety bond of Rs 4 lakh after failing to return to India on 18 February.
The court on 15 February granted permission to Pachauri to go to Sharjah from 16 to 18 February where he was to be conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award.
However, there was change in the date of arrival of Pachauri from Sharjah.
Therefore, his counsel Ashish Dikshit filed an application for giving intimation to the court regarding change of his date of arrival on 18 February, which was dismissed on next date by a magistrate.
A chargesheet was filed by police in a sexual harassment case against former TERI executive vice chairman Pachauri on Tuesday.
Pachauri was accused of sexually harassing a woman colleague in 2015. He stepped down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February 2015 and proceeded on leave from TERI where he was the director general.
In November, the woman researcher who accused him of sexual harassment quit her job at TERI, alleging she was treated badly. TERI denied the charge.
On 8 February 2016, Pachauri was appointed the executive vice chairman of the organisation. After severe criticism, TERI on 12 February asked him to proceed on indefinite leave.