A Delhi based court ordered framing of charges in the sexual harassment case against Internationally acclaimed environmentalist RK Pachauri, also the ex-director of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The court said on Friday, September 14th, that the next hearing of the case will be on October 20. The 75-year old scientist is facing a sexual harassment allegation from his former colleague. He has been accused of stalking and sexual misconduct.
Metropolitan magistrate Charu Gupta ordered framing of charges under various sections of Indian Penal Code, such as 354 (outraging her modesty), 354 A (making physical contact unwelcome and sexually coloured remark) and section 509 using vulgar gesture and actions).
In February 2015, an FIR was lodged against Pachauri on charges of sexual harassment of his former colleague. A year after, another woman came out in public with similar allegations against Pachauri.
The woman, who had accused him of sexual misconduct claimed that the incident took more than 10 years ago, she had also lambasted TERI for appointing the accused as the executive vice-chairman.
Pachauri was the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). During his tenure in IPCC, he was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
However, after facing charges of sexual misdirect, he had to step down as the Director-General of the institute. The new chairman of TERI is Ashok Chawla, a Gujarat cadre Indian Administrative Service Office.