TERI panel head, who found Pachauri guilty in sexual harassment case, resigns
Ranjana Saikia, the head of TERI's Internal Complaints Committee who headed the 3-member panel which found its former Director General RK Pachauri guilty of sexual harassment of a junior colleague, has resigned.
New Delhi: Ranjana Saikia, the head of TERI's Internal Complaints Committee who headed the 3-member panel which found its former Director General RK Pachauri guilty of sexual harassment of a junior colleague, has resigned.
Saikia confirmed to PTI that she has resigned but did not give any reason for taking the step.
The Energy and Resources Institute too remained tightlipped about it.
"Yes, it is true that I have resigned," Saikia told PTI over phone. "No," she said, when asked whether she had cited any reason for tendering her resignation.
Sources said Saikia resigned on Monday after which TERI is learnt to have reconstituted the committee.
A research analyst at Teri has accused Pachauri of sexual harassment and he is currently on bail in the case.
A case of sexual harassment was registered against Pachauri, a Nobel peace prize recipient, on 13 February, 2015.
TERI governing council had on 23 July appointed Dr Ajay Mathur, currently the director general of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), as its Director General.
Pachauri had also stepped down as chair of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change following the alleged incident.
He was recently allowed by a Delhi court to travel to Kazakhstan for a conference on climate change.
Days after a court summoned as accused RK Pachauri, after taking cognizance of a chargesheet filed against him for alleged sexual harassment, the former TERI chief on Monday said that he has done "no wrong" and it will be proved in the Court.
The court also said that all reportage on the matter should carry Pachauri's or his representative's views as well.
The UN today made it clear that it will not conduct any inquiry into accusations of sexual harassment against R K Pachauri.