RK Pachauri has quit as the chair of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Pachauri, who has been accused of sexual harassment, went on leave from The Energy and Resources Institute or TERI, the think tank that he leads. In a letter, he said that he had decided to go on leave to remove fears that he would influence the case.
“In view of the present circumstances and in the interest of taking an immediate decision for removing any fears of my influencing the due process being followed within the institute, I am proceeding on leave for the time being with immediate effect,” the 74-year-old activist wrote. Dr Pachauri, the chairman of the Nobel prize winning IPCC, landed recently in the eye of a storm after a woman employee accused him of sexually harassing her.
Meanwhile , the embattled Pachauri got some relief as a Delhi court gave him interim protection from arrest till February 26 in the sexual harassment case filed against him.
Ruling on his anticipatory bail plea, Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Tripathi also issued notice to the investigating officer of the case and sought his response on Pachauri’s application. The court said: “Notice to IO for submission of report on the illness of the applicant (Pachauri). Verification of the document submitted in regard to the illness of applicant. Put up for next date of hearing on February 26. Accused be not arrested till then.”
Appearing for Pachauri, senior advocate Sidharth Luthra said that he is seeking anticipatory bail for his client on the ground of the merit of the case as well as of his illness. To this, the court asked what illness does Pachauri have. Luthra said, “We have submitted all the medical records regarding his illness which include cardiac issues and UTI (urinary tract infection).”