NEW DELHI: After facing massive embarrassment over the sexual harassment charges, Rajendra K Pachauri (RK Pachauri) has quit as the Chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The decision from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Chief came days after the police began investigating charges that he sexually harassed a 29-year-old woman employee in Delhi.
74-year-old Pachauri is one of the top climate change officials of the world. A researcher at his Delhi-based TERI claims the scientist started harassing her immediately after she joined his company in September 2013.
However, the Director-General has maintained that charges against him are false and on Tuesday, he in a letter to TERI said that he was going on leave to ensure the inquiry against him – which includes the questioning of those at his institute, is unbiased.
While on hand where the young girl has submitted hundreds of texts and WhatsApp messages to prove that she was sexually harassed, the lawyer of Pachauri claims that his computer and phone were hacked.
The incident has been reported at a crucial phase as the TERI Chief is playing an important role in the run-up to a crucial climate change summit in Paris later this year where leaders across the globe are expected to see eye to eye a new deal to curtail global warming.
Following the complaint, Pachauri skipped an IPCC event in Nairobi this week. The IPCC was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former US Vice President Al Gore for their part in stirring up international action against climate change.
The IPCC will now choose a new chair at a session scheduled for October and Pachauri who in 2002 was first elected as the panel’s chair will not stand for the third term.