Narendra Modi accepts Pachauri’s resignation from PM’s climate change council

Recently, a Delhi court has extended an interim protection from arrest granted to him till March 27.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 1, 2015 12:15 am
RK pachauri, pachauri Former chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra K. Pachauri (Source: AP)

R K Pachauri, who has been accused of sexual harassment, has resigned from the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change as well, a government statement today said.

“The Prime Minister,  Narendra Modi, has accepted the resignation of R K Pachauri from the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change,” said the one line statement.

The Council decides on broad policy guidelines on climate change, and is headed by the Prime Minister.

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Pachauri had earlier resigned from his position as chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a post that he had been holding since 2002. He has also taken indefinite leave from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), of which he has been director general for about three decades.

Pachauri has been accused of sexual harassment by one of his junior colleagues at TERI. The victim has registered a police complaint against him. Pachauri is currently in a Delhi hospital undergoing treatment.

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    Mar 1, 2015 at 9:10 am
    Carbon, Cigars, , wigs, science for truth, old age, ambition, fashion, fame, and arrogance - the mixture of all - forms an allergic complex compound called mistrust and is what many people on top jobs are giving to this world as a net result. Belling the cat at an early stage is better for all. Jai Melbourne
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      Mar 1, 2015 at 8:49 am
      What a shame the mind full of knowledge of social and scientific laws of an internationally por man forgot his ociation with PM, UN General Sec and his family at the age of 74 under the urge of sensual gratification. How to help such a man, lot of food for thought. I think Global warming is really taking place for a smoking environmentalist. Periodic Mental physical and spiritual audit seems to be mandatory on all top jobs for cordial coexistence of professional colleagues. Jai Melbourne
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        Mike Hohmann
        Mar 2, 2015 at 5:38 am
        “Global warming did serve a couple of useful purposes. The issue has been a litmus test for our political cl. Any politician who has stated a belief in global warming is either a cynical opportunist or an easily deluded fool. In neither case should that politician ever be taken seriously again. No excuses can be accepted.” Source of this quote, and more, at
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          Birendra Singh
          Mar 1, 2015 at 12:21 am
          If the allegations are true, shame to you Mr. Pachauri; if allegations are false, shame to the nation!
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            P R Reddy, New Delhi
            Mar 1, 2015 at 9:50 am
            Excellent Comment Dr! The issue is thief thinks that he has done burglary perfectly....but he always leave some clue behind, atleast in some cases, because he is a human and bound to make errors. Same happened in Dr Pachauri's case. He has been doing this in TERI since 1982. Luck favoured him till 2014. Mata Durga (in the form of 29 year old girl) ensured that he cannot go scot-free atleast in 2015. How could this world-renowned scientist have been such a monumental fool - asks Shoba De. She wrote a beautiful article on Dr Pachauri in Pune Mirror yesterday. Google it and read it. You will enjoy it. He is a fake scientist, I am glad that finally he joined the elite club of N D Tiwari, and Asaram Bapu. God is great, finally he puts people in the right place where they belong!
            1. R
              Mar 1, 2015 at 10:27 am
              Be objective. Pachauri can be a victim too. Ask the victims of 498a IPC. I do not agree with Reddy, Dr, Tondon
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              VK Tondon
              Mar 1, 2015 at 4:49 am
              India's criminal justice system is still very backward and laughable. A court of law exists to facilitate and deliver justice to keep society safe from criminals including accused ual predators like Pachauri.. But the Delhi court system keeps obstructing justice and frustrating the Police from apprehending and interrogating R.K. Pachauri..Looks like any powerful accused in India can hire a well connected attorney to get antitory bail and avoid being arrested under one pretext or the other.
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                Gautam Sen
                Mar 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm
                Ppower corrupts and absolute power corrupts totally. Pachauri even did not mind people and organizations calling him a Nobel lauriet which he was not. Second such persons indulge in finding rules within persiveness - his personal behavior stands testimony to that. Perhaps the previous government could have been soft to him but not the present one! But not this one.p p
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