In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the woman who accused chairman of The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) RK Pachauri of sexual harassment, has expressed dismay that he continues to serve as chancellor of Teri University despite being under investigation.
Pachauri was removed as the director general of Teri by the institute’s governing body, but not from chancellorship.
“Morality took the backseat while double standards are at the forefront. India is yet again being treated as a soft law state. I, on the other hand, am an individual who has been wronged,” she wrote to the Prime Minister in a letter dated August 8.
Teri did not respond to HT’s questions on the victim’s allegations.
In her letter, she also alleged that the employees at Teri are “deliberately” helping Pachauri by not probing the matter; even the institute’s internal complaints committee, which had earlier released a scathing report upholding the young woman’s accusations of harassment, has been “subject to hostility and intimidation”.
“From being up against one man, I am now up against an entire system…. The major chunk of the organisation has known for time immemorial what goes on in the Institute but silence has been their friend,” she wrote.
She has also alleged that inspector Ajay Singh Negi, who had handled the case against the 76-year-old scientist from when it was registered, had been “suddenly sent off packing.” She has requested the Prime Minister Office (PMO) to reinstate Negi in the probe.
Police sources confirmed that Negi was the inspector at the Lodhi Colony station where the case was registered, and that he had been transferred to the Third Battalion two weeks ago.
Confessing that Negi’s transfer coupled with the “slow pace” of investigations had left her feeling “helpless and dejected”, the woman also told the PM that her “conscience and patience was dying a slow death”.
“I had to simply speak up,” she wrote, while requesting PMO to take cognisance of her plight and has asked for assurance that the investigation will be conducted in an expedient and fair manner.
Pachauri was granted relief from arrest in March this year by a city court. During the arguments on bail, the woman, through her lawyer Prashant Mendiratta, had contended that the former Teri chief could influence the course of investigations as he is an influential person.
Initially, Pachauri was restrained from entering Teri premises, but mid-July the court relaxed the condition, with a few caveats, and he returned to work on July 17.
Shortly thereafter, he was removed as director general and was replaced by the director general of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ajay Mathur.