Pachauri suit: Delhi HC asks trial court to record evidence from Aug
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-16

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The Delhi High Court has asked a trial court-appointed local commissioner to start recording evidence of former TERI chief R K Pachauri in a suit seeking to restrain media houses from reporting his court cases and seeking damages of Rs one crore from lawyer activist Vrinda Grover and another woman for allegedly defaming him.

Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw passed the order on a plea by Grover and the alleged victim challenging the district court’s July 7 order directing cross-examination of Pachauri and other witnesses in the suit between July 13 and 26.

The high court by its July 12 order has modified the trial court’s July 7 decision and said that with the consent of all the parties, the recording of cross-examination of the former Teri chief and his witnesses shall commence before the court commissioner from August 1 and end by September 30.

The schedule of dates and time for recording evidence would be decided by the court commissioner, the high court has said while disposing of the petitions moved by the activist lawyer and the alleged victim.

Senior advocate Rebecca John had told the high court that Grover and the woman have challenged a lower court’s decision as it was “unreasonable” to fix recording of evidence between July 13 and 26 when Pachauri had not filed his evidence by way of affidavits till July 7.

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