Pachauri sent on leave, TERI names new chief
NEW DELHI: The Energy and Resources Institute’s governing council on Friday asked its executive vice- chairman RK Pachauri to go on leave in the face of protests against his elevation despite being accused of sexual harassment. The environmental think tank handed over all executive powers to its new director, General Ajay Mathur, and also named ex-finance secretary and former Competition Commission of India chairman Ashok Chawla as its new chairman.
Sources within Teri indicated this could be the end for Pachauri at the institute he headed since 1982, considering the governing council will now take a call on whether the 75-year-old can return to Teri at all. Most of Pachauri’s supporters are out of the council and his contract with Teri ends later this year. “Pachauri will be on leave from Teri, Teri governing council and Teri University till this is reviewed by the governing council, given the sub judice nature of the matter,” the council said in a statement after a two-hour meeting.
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