R.K. Pachauri is a renowned environmentalist, and during his tenure as Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization even won the Nobel Peace Prize. But his career has taken a hit in the last year or so.
R.K. Pachauri was accused of sexual harassment in February 2015
2 female analysts at The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) accused R.K. Pachauri, their Director General, of assault, sexual harassment, stalking and criminal intimidation. They filed FIRs against him at a Delhi Police Station.
He has tried to defend himself
Pachauri has denied all allegations, claiming his email and phone have been hacked. He alleges that his opponents have orchestrated a conspiracy against him to discredit his lifetime of work.
But his career took a hit
Despite this defense, Pachauri was forced to step down from his post of Chairman of IPCC, from the Prime Ministers Council on Climate Change, and from the Governing Council of TERI. He was found guilty of misconduct by the TERI Complaints Committee, and student protests against him forced the Institute to send him on “paid leave”.
The charges against him have mounted
A new complainant, a European woman, came forward in March 2016, claiming that during her time at TERI in 2008 she too was the victim of Pachuari’s sexual advances. He had been arrested in March 2015 after the initial FIR, but is now out on bail pending the trial.
Now, TERI has officially terminated its association with him
On April 18th, the Governing Council of TERI met to discuss his status, and decided to end Pachauri’s 3 decade long tenure at the organisation. He responded saying that it was time for him to pursue ‘activities at the global level’.
And he has to defend himself in court
R.K. Pachauri will make his first appearance in court on Saturday, 23rd April 2016. No doubt, this is one of the most high-profile cases of alleged workplace sexual harassment in Indian history.