Teri Ends Pachauri’s Con­tract

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New Delhi: The En­ergy and Re­sources In­sti­tute (Teri) has de­cided to end all as­so­ci­a­tions with for­mer di­rec­tor gen­eral R K Pachauri with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The gov­ern­ing coun­cil of the in­sti­tute, headed by chair­man Ashok Chawla, has de­cided to make alump­sum­pay­ment­toPachauri, who was re­moved as DG last year fol­low­ing a sex­ual ha­rass­ment scan­dal, and ter­mi­nate his con­tract on Mon­day, mul­ti­ple sources in­clud­ing two Teri gov­ern­ing coun­cil mem­bers told ET.

They said a con­scious de­ci­sion was taken to end as­so­ci­a­tion with Pachauri as things had be­come "messy" in the past seven to eight months. “His con­tract with the or­gan­i­sa­tion (Teri) was to end in July next year but the coun­cil has de­cided to end it and hon­our it by pay­ing the re­main­der of the ten­ure to him,” a gov­ern­ing coun­cil mem­ber told ET on con­di­tion of anonymity.

The de­vel­op­ment also means Pachauri's mem­ber­ship in the gov­ern­ing coun­cil, which ended on March 31, will not be re­newed. Pachauri, mean­while, in a state­ment said: “My term as a mem­ber of the gov­ern­ing coun­cil ended on March 31 and I felt that it was time for me to move away and get en­gaged in other in­ter­ests which I have har­boured over the past few years for ac­tiv­i­ties at the global level. The staff of Teri are its great­est trea­sure, which un­der the new di­rec­tor-gen­eral will take the in­sti­tute to much greater heights in the years ahead.” Prior to the ap­point­ment of for­mer fi­nance sec­re­tary Ashok Chawla as chair­man of the gov­ern­ing coun­cil, it had pro­moted Pachauri to the post of ex­ec­u­tive vice-chair­man of the gov­ern­ing coun­cil, as first re­ported by ET last Novem­ber.

“As his (Pachauri) mem­ber­ship as a gov­ern­ing coun­cil mem­ber has not been re­newed so the post (of ex­ec­u­tive vice chair­man) cre­ated for him also goes,” said the per­son quoted ear­lier. Pachauri, who is cur­rently trav­el­ling abroad, will soon will be for­mally con­veyed about the gov­ern­ing coun­cil's de­ci­sion, sources said.

Ac­cord­ing to them, Pachauri re­mained a mem­ber of Teri gov­ern­ing coun­cil for over 25 years. Pachauri was booked by the Delhi Po­lice on Fe­bru­ary 18, 2015 on charges of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion and stalk­ing, fol­low­ing a com­plaint of a 29-year-old re­search an­a­lyst, as first re­ported by ET.

Gov­ern­ing coun­cil has de­cided to make a lump sum pay­ment to Pachauri

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