PM Modi accepts Pachauri’s resignation

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the resignation of Dr R K Pachauri from the PM’s Council on Climate Change.

 R.K. Pachauri
R.K. Pachauri

Pachauri’s resignation comes in the wake of him facing allegation of sexual harassment from a woman employee.

A Padma Bhushan awardee, Pachauri, had on Tuesday stepped down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He also did not attend the key IPCC meeting in Nairobi that was organised from February 24 to 27.

Pachauri, who has got anticipatory bail from a local court in Delhi, has been granted protection from arrest till March 28.

Pachauri is under investigation following allegations that he sexually harassed a colleague at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi.

However, Pachauri has denied the allegations against him, but proceeded on leave from TERI, where he was director general.

Citing several texts, emails, and WhatsApp messages as evidence to prove the claim of sexual harassment, the complainant accused Pachauri of harassing her soon after she joined TERI in September 2013.