Rajendra K Pachauri is reportedly back in office at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), even as an investigation and inquiry against him in a case of sexual harassment filed by an employee five months ago, continues.
Lashed with charges of sexual harassment, Pachauri is back to work, heading TERI after getting relief from a court, on Friday, His return has not been greatly acknowledged within the organisation. About 50 employees of TERI had planned a strike on Tuesday to protest against Pachauri’s return as director general although he is
still to be discharged from the court in the sexual harassment case.
Three TERI employees told news agencies that there was a sense of discomfort within the organisation, and they now wanted to petition the TERI governing council. None of them wanted to be identified. “We wanted to go on strike today but then we decided to take a chance with the governing council. We will write to the governing council conveying our sense of disappointment. He has not been discharged by the court. He cannot be functioning as if nothing ever happened. We find it increasingly difficult to defend the organisation outside,” one of them said.