Delhi police questions R K Pachauri in sexual harassment case

The Delhi Police on Wednesday questioned 74 year old climate expert R K Pachauri for over two hours at his residence, four months after it registered a FIR against him alleging sexual harassment at workplace.

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

According to Delhi police, this was only the first round and investigation may demand further questioning of Pachauri against whom sexual harassment complaint was registered by a research associate working in his office in the month of February.

In the FIR, the complainant had claimed that Pachauri, the former chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), had sexually harassed her for nearly two years since she joined the organisation in September 2013.

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

During the questioning, police asked Pachauri about the ‘working conditions’ of his office as well as the details of his foreign tours.

“We had asked for a time convenient to him (Pachauri) and we were informed on Wednesday afternoon would be the ideal time for questioning,” said Premnath, Deputy commissioner of police (South District) adding that Pachauri cooperated with the team of police officials.

The Delhi police had booked Pachauri on charges of molestation, stalking, sexual harassment.

Pachaur, who is former chairman of the Nobel-Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Currently Professor at Yale School of Forestry & Environment Studies as well as Honorary Professor of the University of Eastern Finland.

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