More trouble is brewing for TERI Managing Director RK Pachauri, who is facing sexual harassment charges levelled by his junior colleague, as the Delhi Police is considering to invoke the provisions of Information and Technology Act for sending obscene SMSes and emails to the victim.
More trouble is brewing for TERI Managing Director RK Pachauri, who is facing sexual harassment charges levelled by his junior colleague, as the Delhi Police is considering to invoke the provisions of Information and Technology Act for sending obscene SMSes and emails to the victim.According to police sources, the victim and Pachauri have been asked to submit their mobiles, laptops and other electronic items which they have been used so that no data can be deleted.”Once the evidence is collected, Police would examine all allegations including the obscene SMSes and mails and invoke the relevant section of the IT Act,” sources told dna.Lodging a complaint against Pachauri on February 13, the 29 year-old had placed the details of SMSes and e-mails she had received since her joining the office as Research Associate in The Energy Research Institute.She alleged that his intention towards her was very clear which are evident from these details.On February 18, police has registered an FIR under sections 354 A, 354 D (sexual harassment offence) and 506 (criminal intimidation).Her counsel Prashant Mehandiratta told dna “It is surprising that police has only booked Pachauri under various sections of IPC for the offences but not under the IT Act. We have written to SHO about it. Atleast section 66 (A) of IT Act should be invoked and as per law, the investigation should be done by an inspector level police officer. Now a sub-inspector is the investigating officer in the case.”Section 66A reads- “Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device,—(a) any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; …..(c) any electronic mail or electronic mail message for the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience or to deceive or to mislead the addressee or recipient about the origin of such messages, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.”A Delhi court has granted interim protection to 75-year old Nobel Laureate Pachauri till February 26.In the meantime, he has quit as the head of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and also canceled his visit to Kenya to attend the United Nation Environmental Programme at Nairobi between February 24-27, 2015.