The Energy and Resources Institute’s (Teri) former head, RK Pachauri, could be charged this week under four sections of criminal law, including sexual harassment and stalking, based on allegations he pestered a woman co-worker with inappropriate texts and emails.
Delhi Police have prepared the charge sheet that implicates the 75-year-old Pachauri of outraging the modesty of a woman and criminal intimidation, besides sexual harassment and stalking.
The 29-year-old colleague filed her complaint and named him in a first information report (FIR) at Lodhi Road police station on February 20, 2015.
The draft charge sheet was prepared after a yearlong investigation that drew allegations of police tardiness.
Sources said the draft has been approved by senior officers and police commissioner BS Bassi would like it filed before his retirement on February 29.
Police have attached soft copies of Pachauri’s mails to the woman researcher, sent from his official email address, as crucial evidence in the case.
The former UN climate panel chief, a leading voice on the dangers of global warming, wrote five poems between September 2013 and January 2014 and love letters to the woman.
His text and WhatsApp messages to the woman, including her replies rejecting his advances, were also attached to the charge sheet.
Pachauri had claimed in his defence that his phone had been hacked and the mails were sent to frame him. But the charge sheet dismisses his statement. It says Pachauri never reported the phone hacking when investigators questioned him during the early days of the probe into the harassment case.
Pachauri has been accused of tampering with his mobile phones and laptop when the case was registered. A report from the Gandhi Nagar forensic laboratory is awaited to confirm this charge.
Police are likely to file a supplementary charge sheet if the forensic report corroborates the charge.
The high-profile former boss of Teri, the environment and energy think-tank which he headed for 35 years, has been forced to step down and sent on leave.
He was also compelled to resign as chairman of the Nobel Prize-winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last February after the sexual harassment complaint.