Updated: February 21, 2015 5:06:10 am
Accused of sexually harassing a junior associate, R K Pachauri has told his colleagues at TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) that a “cloud” had created problems for him “personally” and that he was fighting it “effectively”.
In a mail to all his colleagues, three days after the woman complained to the police, Pachauri said TERI as an institution was “much larger than an individual” and would continue to march ahead.
“I would like to convey to colleagues that there is undoubtedly a cloud which is causing problems for me personally, but I would like to assure colleagues that I am working on fighting this problem effectively,” Pachauri said in his mail.
“I would also want to emphasise that TERI and what it stands for is much larger than any individual, and I have no doubt we will continue to march ahead and upwards… India is now showing its presence as a country of global influence, and TERI has to realise its responsibility in doing good for human society and the planet in the years ahead,” he said.
Pachauri is also the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a global body of hundreds of climate scientists who volunteer to survey all published studies on climate science to come out with Assessment Reports (ARs) every 5-6 years. The ARs of the IPCC are supposed to be the most definitive statements on the way global climate has been behaving. The latest IPCC report came out only last year. Pachauri, who is in his second term as IPCC chairman, finishes his tenure later this year.
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