Sexual harassment case: RK Pachauri sacked as TERI chief, Ajay Mathur set to replace him

Days after being granted permission to return to The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) premises, environmentalist RK Pachauri​, who is battling charges of sexual harassment levelled by a woman colleague, was sacked as the director general of the institute on Thursday.

Sexual harassment case: RK Pachauri sacked as TERI chief, Ajay Mathur set to replace him
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New Delhi: Days after being granted permission to return to The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) premises, environmentalist RK Pachauri​, who is battling charges of sexual harassment levelled by a woman colleague, was sacked as the director general of the institute on Thursday.

Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), has been named as his successor.

The decision to show the door to Pachauri as Director General of the not-for-profit think-tank was taken by its Governing Council that has some of the influential names of corporate India, at a meeting.

"The Governing Council (GC) of TERI at its meeting held in Bangalore today took a decision to appoint Dr Ajay Mathur, currently Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Government of India, as the Director General (DG) of TERI," the environment body said in a statement.

Pachauri, who is accused in a sexual harassment case, had last Friday been allowed by a court to visit all the offices of Teri — barring two establishments in one of which the complainant worked.

After the sexual harassment complaint, Pachauri, who denied all allegations, stepped down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February and proceeded on leave from TERI as its director-general.

Citing several SMS texts, e-mails and WhatsApp messages as evidence, the woman accused Pachauri of sexually harassing her soon after she joined Teri in September 2013 and filed a complaint in February.

Pachauri was granted anticipatory bail on March 21 but was directed not to enter the Teri offices till the investigation is complete and not to leave the country without the court's permission.

(With Agency Inputs)

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