Accused of sexual harassment, R K Pachauri becomes TERI super boss

Pachauri, who has headed TERI for almost three and half decades, vacated the position of director general to finally let Ajay Mathur take charge — the governing council had named Mathur as Pachauri’s successor in July last year.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 9, 2016 8:14 am
R K Pachauri, TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute, sexual harrasment case on pachauri, pachauri case Dr. RK Pachauri (Director General, TERI) after delivering his speech on the program of the Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) to the release of TERI Environmental Survey 2013 at ITC Grand Central in Mumbai .(Express Photos by Pradip Das)

Continuing to head The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) despite being accused of sexual harassment by a colleague who later resigned, R K Pachauri was promoted Monday as its vice-chairman, a post especially created for him to ensure he retains executive control over the organisation.

Pachauri, who has headed TERI for almost three and half decades, vacated the position of director general to finally let Ajay Mathur take charge — the governing council had named Mathur as Pachauri’s successor in July last year.

As vice-chairman, Pachauri will continue to have executive powers, an internal email circulated to TERI employees said. “This is to inform that Dr Ajay Mathur has joined as director general of TERI from today. The Governing Council of TERI has appointed Dr R K Pachauri as the Executive Vice Chairman with immediate effect,” the mail stated.

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Pachauri was accused by a junior colleague of sexual harassment last year. He had gone on leave following the complaint but returned after a few months. His continuance at the top made the complainant resign. In the meanwhile, the governing council named Mathur, then the director general of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, as his successor without saying anything about the future role of Pachauri in the organisation.

The governing council of TERI is chaired by scientist B V Sreekantan, and has Deepak Parekh, Naina Lal Kidwai and Hemendra Kothari among its members.

Pachauri, who had to step down as chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) because of the allegations, is learnt to have asked the governing council to make him vice-chairman with executive powers over administration, finance and human resource.

It was not immediately clear what would be the division of powers between Pachauri and Mathur in the new set-up.

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    Das
    Feb 9, 2016 at 6:36 pm
    Pacvhauri's victim, I salute you, for your courage, patience and sacrifice. You are our hero. You did which many could not do. Sorry, this country has failed you.
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      Amit
      Feb 9, 2016 at 12:01 pm
      IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress.
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        Huki
        Feb 9, 2016 at 11:44 am
        Only qualification of Pachauri is: BRAHMIN. Brahmin law is MANU law.
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          Anon
          Feb 9, 2016 at 10:05 am
          You've got to be kidding us!!
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            Dharmendra
            Feb 9, 2016 at 4:19 am
            it is very unfortunate, why court is not taking suo motto against such move against TERI and why MODI is keeping quit. Just imagine the fate of other woman employees working there.
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              Kaliyug
              Feb 9, 2016 at 2:58 pm
              This man is a genius, there are forces that want him out so that they can import something and steal the rest of the funds.
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                dirty
                Feb 9, 2016 at 5:27 am
                Yes . My wife was very angry with me for forgetting her birthday. It's Modi's fault. Why is he keeping quiet ?
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                  g
                  Feb 9, 2016 at 3:41 am
                  Utter shamelessness is our national trait and character, from an ordinary citizen to our leaders and those holding positions at all levels.
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                    Guruji
                    Feb 9, 2016 at 6:43 am
                    Mr Hornyman must be given a fair chance to put forward his thoughts only ! .
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                      anshu
                      Feb 9, 2016 at 11:02 am
                      Dukh bhare din beete re bhaiya ab sukh aayo re
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                        Indiana Jones
                        Feb 9, 2016 at 2:10 am
                        Different rules for different people. Any ordinary guy would have been in the jail and counting the bars now,without bail. Remember the tehelka boss incident.
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                          Mohamed
                          Feb 9, 2016 at 11:59 am
                          he is only accused...not convicted...why should he lose anything unless convicted? where is the principle of innocent until proven guilty
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                            JKG
                            Feb 9, 2016 at 7:59 am
                            Pachauri continues to be super boss
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                              jagar
                              Feb 9, 2016 at 7:24 am
                              He will continue to put forth every thing.
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                                L bhadrapati Devi
                                Feb 9, 2016 at 11:52 am
                                Where are women right activists and AAPtard activist?
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                                  madan gupta
                                  Feb 9, 2016 at 12:30 am
                                  बहुत अच्छा, महिला ने शरारत से इसको फंसा दिया.
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                                    Parshuram
                                    Feb 9, 2016 at 3:34 am
                                    no point trying to get justice in this wretched country. That's why people take justice into their own hands. A gang of women should rape this fellow in broad daylight. the cops will stand by for an FIR.
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                                      Rajeeb Banerjee
                                      Feb 9, 2016 at 11:15 am
                                      In a fair trial, Pachauri would have been in jail. Wonder, what the feminists, the communists, the award wapsi gang etc. have to say about this. Nothing I am sure. The complainant was just a minor scientist at TERI.
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                                        Sanjay Shembekar
                                        Feb 9, 2016 at 5:15 am
                                        The governing board of TERI is responsible for this - they are bunch of cowards.... Shame on them
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                                          saroj
                                          Feb 9, 2016 at 5:34 pm
                                          Even if you dislike them in facebook picture they can take revenge by filling a fake case against man. And the man suddenly suspended and loose every thing and after trail if it was found fake then the years in trail is lost for a man only. Woman loose nothing. Why a man will loose something just because of an accusation. After conviction the authority can take the action but no person should be punished before conviction. Accusation might be total fake then who consider to be victim??? I am happy for the decision taken by TERI.
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                                            Sathish
                                            Feb 9, 2016 at 4:17 am
                                            Aam s are OK to believe in this deception of democracy set up by vatican imperialist / globalist asuras as long as some beef fry and liquor is thrown towards them.
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