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3 & counting: Pachauri’s former secy accuses him of harassment now

A third woman and a former employee of Teri has accused environmentalist RK Pachauri of sexual harassment. The complainant, who is European, claims she faced harassment while working as his secretary at the environment think tank in 2008.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2016 08:39 IST
A third woman and a former employee of Teri has accused environmentalist RK Pachauri of sexual harassment. The complainant, who is European, claims she faced harassment while working as his secretary at the environment think tank in 2008.
A third woman and a former employee of Teri has accused environmentalist RK Pachauri of sexual harassment. The complainant, who is European, claims she faced harassment while working as his secretary at the environment think tank in 2008.(HT photo)

A third woman and a former employee of Teri has accused environmentalist RK Pachauri of sexual harassment. The complainant, who is European, claims she faced harassment while working as his secretary at the environment think tank in 2008.

Pachauri, 75, facing similar charges from two other women who worked at The Energy and Resources Institute, refused to comment. His lawyer called it a conspiracy to defame his client.

The latest scandal emerged after the woman, whose nationality has not been revealed, released a statement to the media through her lawyer Vrinda Grover. She reportedly wrote to Grover in February 2015 after she came to know of an FIR against Pachauri in one of the earlier cases.

“I remember that in the third week of February 2015, I read some news reports that said an employee of Teri had filed a criminal complaint against RK Pachauri for sexually harassing her. On reading these reports, I was 0 per cent surprised. I can very much relate to what the other woman wrote in her statement,” read the statement.

She was 19 at the time, she said, and noticed a “big difference” in the way Pachauri behaved with her and with Indian men with whom he maintained a “polite distance”.

Ratna Appnender, another lawyer representing her, said the police were informed and also told that she was ready to present herself before them, but they made no effort to contact her.

When contacted, Pachauri said, “Please talk to my lawyer Ashish Dikshit.”

“It is a conspiracy by Vrinda Grover to defame Pachauri. Everytime a woman is said to make allegations, it is only to the press, not the police or court,” said Dikshit.

“Why is it that every woman comes and reports to Vrinda Grover? There is some conspiracy. It only happens when there is some court hearing. There is a matter coming up. To prejudice the judges, these types of reports are aired.”

A third woman and a former employee of Teri has accused environmentalist RK Pachauri of sexual harassment. The complainant, who is European, claims she faced harassent while working as his secretary at the environment think tank in 2008.

Pachauri, 75, facing similar charges from two other women who worked at The Energy and Resources Institute, refused to comment. His lawyer called it a conspiracy to defame his client.

The latest scandal emerged after the woman, whose nationality has not been revealed, released a statement to the media through her lawyer Vrinda Grover on Thursday. She reportedly wrote to Grover in February 2015 after she came to know of an FIR against Pachauri in one of the earlier cases.

“I remember that in the third week of February 2015, I read some news reports that said an employee of Teri had filed a criminal complaint against RK Pachauri for sexually harassing her. On reading these reports, I was 0 per cent surprised. I can very much relate to what the other woman wrote in her statement,” read the statement.

She was 19 at the time, she said, and noticed a “big difference” in the way Pachauri behaved with her and with Indian men with whom he maintained a “polite distance”.

She said Pachauri “would put his hands on my waist repeated times, he would hug me longer than felt comfortable, [and] kissed me on the cheek”.

On one occasion, she said, Pachauri came to her home. “I was sick and could not come to office. He came to my home with a bouquet of roses. This might sound sweet, but at that time I just felt uncomfortable and scared. He would call me during non-working hours and holidays to ask me to come to his office and when arriving, it became evident he had no specific task for me.”

She requested a move to another department but was still summoned to Pachauri’s office from time to time. Later, he told her her contract would be terminated early. When she left Delhi, she had only completed four months of her one-year contract.

Ratna Appnender, another lawyer representing the woman, said the police were informed and also told that she was ready to present herself before them, but they made no effort to contact her.

When contacted, Pachauri said, “Please talk to my lawyer Ashish Dikshit.”

“It is a conspiracy by Vrinda Grover to defame Pachauri. Everytime a woman is said to make allegations, it is only to the press, not the police or court,” said Dikshit.

“Why is it that every woman comes and reports to Vrinda Grover? There is some conspiracy. It only happens when there is some court hearing. There is a matter coming up. To prejudice the judges, these types of reports are aired.”