London/New Delhi: Leading British newspaper
Daily Telegraph on Saturday apologised for publishing an article
about UN climate body chairman R K Pachauri accusing him of
making a fortune from his links with "carbon trading" firms.
The international publication had been running a campaign
since last year against the chief of Nobel Prize-winning
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) who has
strongly rubbished the allegations and even issued several
legal notices threatening to sue it.
Pachauri`s stand was vindicated today as the UK-based
paper in an apology posted on its website said, "On December
20 last year we published an article about Dr Pachauri and his
"It was not intended to suggest that Dr Pachauri was
corrupt or abusing his position as head of the IPCC and we
accept KPMG found he had not made `millions of dollars` in
recent years," it said.
The newspaper further said, "We apologise to Dr Pachauri
for any embarrassment caused."
Professional services company KPMG had examined personal
finances of Pachauri and had cleared him of any wrongdoing.
Reacting to the development, Pachauri said, "I am glad
that they (Telegraph) have finally acknowledged the truth."
In an article in December against Pachauri, who also
heads Indian non-profit research organisation The Energy
Research Institute (TERI), the paper said although Pachauri is
often presented as a scientist but as a former railway
engineer with a PhD in economics he has no qualifications in
climate science at all.
It also accused Pachauri of establishing "an astonishing
worldwide portfolio of business interests with bodies which
have been investing billions of dollars in organisations
dependent on the IPCC`s policy recommendations."
Dismissing the allegations, Pachauri, however, has been
maintaining that the accusations were coming from the same
group of people who had tried unsuccessfully to discredit the
IPCC and the "irrefutable science" on climate change by
hacking personal emails of some scientists.
"This is another attempt by the climate sceptics to
discredit the IPCC. They now want to go after me and hope that
it would serve their purpose," Pachauri had said then.