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TERI removes Pachauri, appoints new director general

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New Delhi: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) on Thursday removed environmentalist R.K. Pachauri, accused in a sexual harassment case, as the institute’s director general, and replaced him with Ajay Mathur.

Mathur is currently director general of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under the central government.

An official statement said the TERI governing council at its meeting held in Bengaluru on Thursday took the decision to appoint Mathur as the new director general.

“Mathur will take up his new responsibilities as soon as he is in a position to do so, subsequent to being relieved from his current responsibilities by the government after a brief period of transition,” the statement said.

(IANS)

 

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Kiran Mazumdar Shaw resigns from TERI

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

NEW DELHI: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has resigned from the governing council of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). She cited “moral responsibility” as the reason for her resignation.

The governing council in TERI has been criticized for months for remaining largely silent about the harassment charges. Dr RK Pachauri, who is facing charges of sexual harassment at workplace, was recently removed from the post by the governing council and Dr Ajay Mathur was chosen as his successor.

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The functioning of the governing council was questioned by the 29-year-old research analyst who has accused Pachauri of sexually harassing her, stalking and intimidating her.

Referring to the ongoing case against Pachauri, Mazumdar said she “refused to be dragged in an extremely contentious issue”. She submitted that since she has never remained an “active member” of the governing council, it was her “moral responsibility” to not opine on an issue which she is not totally conversant with.

The IIM-Bangalore chairperson is considered as one of the most powerful women in the world, featuring on the Financial Times’ top 50 women in business list and was last year listed as the 92nd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month, the complainant in the case has hit out at the TERI governing council for “their scary silence and inaction on this issue”, claiming that a press statement to appoint a new DG in Dr Pachauri’s place was merely a “white wash”.

 

 

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Court allows environmentalist R.K. Pachauri to visit TERI offices

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New Delhi: A court here on Friday allowed environmentalist R.K. Pachauri, accused in a sexual harassment case, to visit all the offices of TERI, except two establishments in one of which the complainant worked.

Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Tripathi allowed Pachauri’s plea seeking permission to visit The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) premises, but barred him from visiting the organisation’s offices in Lodhi Colony in south Delhi and Gurgaon.

Delhi Police, opposing Pachauri’s plea, told the court that the victim was working at the Gurgaon office and some of the witnesses who were working at the Lodi Colony office were yet to be examined.

After the sexual harassment complaint, Pachauri, who denied all allegations, stepped down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February and proceeded on leave from TERI as its director-general.

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 in February.

Pachauri was granted anticipatory bail on March 21 but was directed not to enter the TERI offices till the investigation is complete and not to leave the country without the court’s permission.

(IANS)

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RK Pachauri, accused of sexual harassment, allowed to travel abroad

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Rajenda Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), presents a talk on minizing risk using an "investment strategy" to approach global warming

New Delhi: A court here on Saturday permitted environmentalist R.K. Pachauri, accused in a sexual harassment case, to visit the US from June 29 to July 9 for attending his brother-in-law’s funeral.

Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan allowed Pachauri’s plea, seeking to attend the last rites of his brother-in-law in the US.

In a plea moved by his counsel advocate Asish Dikshit, the environmentalist sought to visit the US.

He was granted anticipatory bail on March 21. But the sessions court had directed him not to leave the country without permission. He was also directed not to visit the premises of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Pachauri was questioned by Delhi Police on Wednesday and Friday.

A 29-year-old research associate working in Pachauri’s office filed a complaint of sexual harassment against him in south Delhi on February 13 after approaching TERI authorities on February 9.

Delhi Police later booked Pachauri on charges of molestation, stalking, sexual harassment and criminal intimidation as the complainant had claimed that she was harassed by him for nearly two years since she joined his office in September 2013.

She also alleged that Pachauri had engaged in “sexually-laden conversations” with her over e-mail and SMS.

Pachauri was forced to step down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February and proceeded on leave from TERI after the sexual harassment complaint but he has denied the allegations.