Published On: Wed, Jun 24th, 2015

Sexual harassment case: Delhi Police to call R K Pachauri today for questioning

New Delhi: Delhi Police today will question R K Pachauri, former Director General (DG) of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), for the first time in the alleged case of molestation and sexual harassment filed against him by a research associate.

R K Pachauri, Chairman of UN panel of climate scientists that won Nobel Prize.

R K Pachauri, former Chairman of UN panel of climate scientists that won Nobel Prize.

Sources said a team of senior officials of the south district police will visit Pachauri’s house either in the morning or evening.

“A team will visit R K Pachauri’s house for questioning. Who all will be going for questioning isn’t confirmed yet but the team will comprise at least three officials, including one inspector, investigative officer,” the sources added.

Delhi Police have prepared a questionnaire on the basis of the woman’s complaint.

“We have prepared a set of questions which will be shown to senior officials and, after their clearance, a final questionnaire will be prepared,” sources added.

According to sources, the police have been planning to question Pachauri for the last 15 days.

Pachauri, former chairman of the Nobel-Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is accused of allegedly harassing a woman research analyst at TERI. Citing several texts, emails, and WhatsApp messages as evidence to prove her claim, the woman said Pachauri harassed her soon after she joined TERI in September 2013.

The 29-year-old research associate had submitted her complaint to the police on February 13 after approaching TERI on February 9.

She had also given a written complaint to the institute’s governing council alleging lack of action against Pachauri and expressing fear for her work and career.

Later, the three-member internal committee of TERI found Pachauri guilty. The Panel found that Pachauri had made repeated attempts at establishing a personal bond with a young woman colleague which caused her “harassment”.

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