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Pachauri influencing witnesses: Complainant

Justice Sunita Gupta issued notice to Delhi Police and Pachauri and sought their responses by Wednesday

 

The woman research analyst who filed a sexual harassment complaint against TERI director general R.K. Pachauri on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that he was "influencing" the witnesses in the case and sought the cancellation of his bail.
 
Justice Sunita Gupta issued notice to Delhi Police and Pachauri and sought their responses by Wednesday.
 
Appearing for the research analyst, advocate Prashant Mendiratta told Justice Gupta that a "free and fair investigation" cannot be carried out if Pachauri is allowed to roam free
 
The woman alleged that there is "overwhelming evidence" that he misused the bail granted to him by the trial court on March 21.
 
"Even police has filed an application in the trial court alongwith some documents that Pachauri has violated various conditions imposed on him while he was given bail and that he also influenced witnesses. Police have even said that he was not cooperating with them," the advocate told the court.
 
Mendiratta contended that Pachauri is an "influential man" who has been the top boss of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for the last 34 years and was in active touch with its officials and influencing the witnesses.
 
Pachauri is "dictating what needs to be said to the witnesses" in the case, the lawyer further added.
 
The woman also opposed Pachauri seeking modification of a trial court order that bars him from entering the TERI premisis.
 
Pachauri, who is facing charges of sexual harassment and currently is on leave from TERI has requested a modification of an earlier court order and permission to resume work from the office premises.
 
"Pachauri now sought modification of order by which he was granted anticipatory bail. He is influential man he should not be allowed to enter TERI premises till the investigation is going on," argued Mendiratta.
 
Justice Gupta posted the plea before another bench on Wednesday.
 
After the sexual harassment complaint, Pachauri had stepped down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in February and proceeded on leave from TERI.
 
He has denied the allegations against him.
 
Citing several SMS texts, e-mails and WhatsApp messages as evidence, the woman accused Pachauri of sexually harassing her soon after she joined TERI in September 2013 and filed a complaint this February.
 
Pachauri was granted anticipatory bail on March 21 but was directed not to not enter the TERI office till the investigation is complete and not to leave the country without the court's permission.

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Shipbuilding top priority for us: Modi at Hyundai shipyard

Modi, who arrived at Ulsan from Seoul, met top officials of Hyundai Shipyard, one of the biggest ship construction companies in the world

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a visit to the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard at Ulsan, said that shipbuilding is a "top priority" for India.
 
Modi, who arrived at Ulsan from Seoul, met top officials of Hyundai Shipyard, one of the biggest ship construction companies in the world.
 
"Shipbuilding is a top priority for us." PM @narendramodi tells Kil Seon Choi Chairman of Hyundai Heavy Industries," external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
 
"And wrapping up with a site visit to one of the largest shipyards in the world. PM at HHI's Ulsan facility," he tweeted.
 
"At the forefront of maritime engineering. PM visits Hyundai Heavy Industries Headquarters in Ulsan," he said. Modi also met members of the Indian community at Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard.
 
On Monday, Modi invited South Korean investment in areas like ship building, including LNG tankers. Both countries are to set up a Joint Working Group on shipbuilding.
 
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is one of the biggest ship construction companies in the world. Its ship manufacturing facility in Ulsan, a South Korean city located on the south-eastern tip of the Korean Peninsula, is the largest shipyard in the world. 
 
The shipyard extends across two and a half miles along the coast of Mipo Bay in Ulsan and covers an area of 1,780 acres. Due to its strategic location, the shipyard can be easily accessed from the open sea. 
 
Construction of the Ulsan shipyard commenced in 1972 and it was commissioned in 1974. Meanwhile, HHI also christened two very large crude carriers (VLCC), each of 260,000DWT. 
 
Construction of the ships as well as the shipyard was carried out simultaneously. The shipyard reached a 20 million DWT production milestone in 1988 and 50 million DWT in 1997. It achieved an aggregate production mark of 100 million DWT in 2005.
 
From 1972 to 2013, HHI has delivered 2,981 vessels to 268 shipowners in 48 countries. It commands around 16 percent of the world ship manufacturing market, according to ship technology.com.
 
Ulsan shipyard has ten large-scale dry docks with nine Goliath cranes. This allows HHI to manufacture any type of ship of any size.
 
HHI has an H-Dock, again the world's first dry dock for building offshore vessels. The H-dock measures 490m long, 115m wide and 13.5m high. 
 
The deep dock has a capacity of 1m DWT. HHI also developed an automatic painting spray head for painting the bottom of ships in September 2014.
 
In the morning, Modi addressed the 6th Asian Leadership Forum and the India-ROK CEOs Forum, and also interacted with the CEOs of top South Korean companies.

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Coal block case: Court frames charges against Rathi Steel and Power

Special Judge Bharat Parashar framed charges of cheating against RSPL and its CEO Udit Rathi

 

A special court here on Tuesday framed charges in the coal block allocation case against Delhi-based Rathi Steel and Power Ltd. (RSPL) and others.
 
Special Judge Bharat Parashar framed charges of cheating against RSPL and its CEO Udit Rathi.
 
The court also framed charges of criminal conspiracy against Udit Rathi, RSPL and its managing director Pradeep Rathi and assistant general manager Kushal Aggarwal.
 
After the accused pleaded not guilty and asked for a trial, the court fixed June 2 for further hearing.
 
"It is prima-facie clear that facts of the present case present a picture where grave suspicion arises against the accused persons that they all prima-facie conspired together to cheat the Screening Committee and thereby ministry of coal (MoC) by furnishing wrong information so as to procure allotment of a coal block," the court said in its order.
 
Thus, as regarding accused Udit Rathi, it is prima-facie clear that by signing the feedback form containing false information, he deceived and induced the Screening Committee and, thereby, MoC authorities to allocate "Kesla North Coal" Block to RSPL, the court observed.
 
"...I may also mention that a perusal of the "Memorandum of Association" and "Article of Association" of RSPL which was earlier named as Rathi Udyog Ltd. clearly shows that the company RSPL is in fact a closely held family company. Initially Rathi Udyog Ltd. was a private limited company promoted purely by Rathi family members as is evident from the "Memorandum of Association" of the company," the court said.
 
"However, later on, though it became a public limited listed company, the record of the company shows that even then it continued to be primarily controlled by Rathi family members."
 
The court noted that Pradeep Rathi, the managing director of the company, and his son Udit Rathi, chief executive officer, were present at the time of making presentation before the Screening Committee alongwith their another authorised officer Kushal Aggarwal.
 
The court said that thus prima-facie it is clear that accused Pradeep Rathi continued to remain actively involved in the entire matter of allocation of coal block alongwith the officers earlier authorised by the Board of Directors of the Company.
 
"In view of my aforesaid discussion, I am of the considered opinion that the facts and circumstances of the present case raises grave suspicion against all the four accused persons namely company RSPL, Udit Rathi, Pradeep Rathi and Kushal Aggarwal warranting framing of charge against them for the offence under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with section 420 (cheating) IPC and also charge for the substantive offence i.e. under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code against accused Udit Rathi and RSPL," the court said.
 
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has chargesheeted the company, its CEO and two officials for illegal allocation of "Kesla North Coal Block to RSPL in Chhattisgarh".
 
The CBI registered an FIR against the company and its CEO on June 19, 2013.
 

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