RK Pachauri sexual harassment case: Forensic report filed against former TERI chief

The Delhi Police on Wednesday filed a forensic report against environmentalist RK Pachauri, who has been accused of sexually harassing a colleague.

The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report was filed before a metropolitan magistrate in New Delhi's Saket court as part of the supplementary chargesheet in the case. The court has listed the matter for further hearing for 14 July.

The report also dismissed Pachauri's claims that his electronic devices were hacked, stating that no malware, spyware, key logger was used.

File image of former TERI chief RK Pachauri. Getty Images

File image of former TERI chief RK Pachauri. Getty Images

The police had chargesheeted the former chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) under the Indian Penal Code's sections 354A (advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures), 354B (using criminal force against a woman), 354D (stalking), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 341 (wrongful restraint).

Pachauri was accused of sexually harassing a female colleague in 2015.

He stepped down as the chairperson of the UN Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change in February last year and proceeded on leave from TERI, where he was the director general.

The woman researcher who accused him of sexual harassment in November quit her job at TERI, alleging she was treated badly. TERI had denied the charges.

On 8 February, 2016, Pachauri was appointed as executive vice chairman of the organisation.

Following severe criticism, he went on indefinite leave from the organisation on 12 February, 2016.

To know more about the trajectory of his work at TERI, his commitment to climate change and his eventual fall following very controversial allegations of sexual harassment, take a look at this timeline.

With inputs from IANS


Published Date: Mar 09, 2017 12:00 pm | Updated Date: Mar 09, 2017 01:11 pm

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