The court's directions came during hearing on an application of Pachauri seeking modification of its earlier order to enter TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) office. The court  observed that right to livelihood is a fundamental right and cannot be suspended for an indefinite period but refrained from passing an order on Pachauri's plea for entering TERI office because of the nature of allegations against him.

"Right of livelihood is a fundamental right of every citizen of this country. No person can be restrained from visiting the place of his work for an indefinite period... "Considering the nature of allegations levelled against the accused and totality of the facts and circumstances of this case, this court postpones passing of any order on the application of accused till next date of hearing (July 17)," Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Tripathi said.

The court noted that investigation in the case was progressing at a "snail's pace" and during the arguments, the Investigating Officer (IO) has conceded that from March 21, no probe has been done till date.

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