Teri Ends Pachauri’s Contract
Our Political Bureau
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