THIRD WOMAN AC­CUSES EX-TERI CHIEF PACHAURI OF HA­RASS­MENT

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NEW DELHI: 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 (Teri), 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”.

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