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Environmentalist Pachauri, who is facing sexual harassment charge, hospitalised

A Delhi court has granted interim protection from arrest to Pachauri till Feb 26.

RK Pachauri, Delhi court, sexual harassment, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra K. Pachauri (Source: AP)

TERI director general  R K Pachauri, who is facing sexual harassment charges, was admitted to a private hospital in Delhi Wednesday. He had checked into a hospital in southeast Delhi’s Okhla on Monday when his counsel moved court for anticipatory bail on health grounds and was discharged the same day. Wednesday also saw a group of lawyers and women’s rights activists writing to the governing council of TERI, demanding Pachauri’s resignation.

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Activists including senior Supreme Court advocates Indira Jaising and Vrinda Grover, former Planning Commission of India member Dr. Syeda Hameed, All India Progressive Women’s Association (Secretary) Kavita Krishnan and National Secretary of PUCL Kavita Srivastava wrote to TERI’s governing council. They demanded that Pachauri resign, and if he doesn’t, the council terminate his engagement. The governing council has the sole power to suspend the director general.

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The letter also said that Pachauri’s resignation from TERI must follow as a logical step after he put in his papers as chairman of IPCC on Tuesday.

TERI’s governing council, which has Pachauri as its chairman, comprises corporate leaders like Deepak Parekh, Naina Lal Kidwai, Hemendra Kothari and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. The panel has decided to meet within next two weeks to discuss a succession plan in case Pachauri has to resign or remain absent for long.

“Some members advised him to step down for a while. I understand he has gone on leave . There was a governing council meeting some time back. Though I did not attend it, I understand this issue (sexual harassment charge) was not on the agenda,” he said.

First published on: 26-02-2015 at 12:00:45 am
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