New Delhi: TERI's newly appointed executive vice-chairman R K Pachauri has said he has never exercised any pressure on the organisation and its officials as alleged by his former woman colleague who has lodged a sexual harassment case against him.
In his reply filed before the Delhi High court in response to fresh allegations made by the complainant in her plea, Pachauri denied the allegations as "incorrect", "misleading" and "figment of imagination" of the victim and her counsel.
"The answering Respondent (Pachauri) has never exercised any pressure upon TERI and its officials. It is matter of record that answering Respondent was away from TERI from February, 2015 till July, 2015 and it was only after the permission of the Sessions Court that he was allowed to enter the office.
"The entire averments in para under reply mention about alleged non-cooperation by TERI and not by him. Further the trial court which is monitoring the investigation has consistently held that answering Respondent has cooperated and has never violated any conditions of the bail," he said in his reply to the notice issued to him on 28 January.
The victim in her fresh petition had alleged that Pachauri was "exercising influence" on officials of the organisation to settle the sexual harassment case. Two days ago, Pachauri was appointed the executive vice-chairman of TERI, a specially created post.