RK Pachauri excuses himself from IPCC meet after harassment charges

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 22, 2015 07:49 IST

Days after a case of sexual harassment was registered against the chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change RK Pachauri, he has decided not to attend the plenary session of the top scientific body on global warming in Nairobi next week.

“The chairman of the IPCC, Rajendra K. Pachauri, has informed that he will be unable to chair the plenary session of the IPCC in Nairobi next week because of issues demanding his attention in India,” a statement issued by the IPCC press office said. This came after women right activists demanded that Pachauri’s passport should be confiscated as he was planning to leave Nairobi to attend the IPCC plenary session.

Former additional solicitor general Indira Jaisingh also demanded that he resign from all government panels and as director general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). “His resignation will not mean that he is guilty. It will ensure fair and equitable treatment to the complainant,” she said.

A spokesperson for Pachauri said he was committed to provide all assistance and cooperation to the authorities in their ongoing investigations.

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