Pachauri accuser says his promotion makes her 'flesh crawl'

Pachauri accuser says his promotion makes her 'flesh crawl'

 Deeply anguished over R K Pachauri's appointment as executive vice-chairman of TERI, the woman who had accused him of sexual harassment, today said the decision made her "flesh crawl" and resolved to take the case to logical conclusion.

In an open letter released today, the former employee at (The Energy and Resources Institute) TERI slammed the green body's governing council for creating the new post and appointing Pachauri with executive powers to run the body, despite "grave criminal charges" against him.

"Shamelessness abounds! The news of promotion of a man who stands booked on charges of sexual harassment at workplace, stalking and criminal intimidation by country's who's who makes my flesh crawl," the complainant said.

When contacted, Pachauri's lawyer Ashish Dixit said the scientist would not like to comment on the issue.

Yesterday, Pachauri was appointed executive vice-chairman of TERI, a post created for him, though judicial proceedings were going on against the scientist for alleged sexual harrasment. Pachauri is currently out on bail.

Alleging that there were many attempts to force her to go for an out of court settlement, she said in the letter that she will take the case to the logical conclusion.

The complainant said she had heard that Pachauri was trying to get a foothold in TERI but she did not believe.

"It was around 3 Oct, 2015 that I first heard of this from some current and former colleagues. I was sceptical in thinking that the organisation would not pour cheap, third rated oil to the existing smouldering fire. I was so wrong," she said.

Holding Pachauri's set of power people in the governing council responsible for his appointment, she said the "shameful" and "disgusting" decision of his appointment has let her down.

"It is absolutely shameful and disgusting and these are the people whom we called the leaders of corporate India. Its so shockingly," she said.

Among the members of TERI's governing council are HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh, former Chairman HSBC Naina Lal Kidwai and Chairman DSP BlackRock Investment Hemendra Kothari.

The woman said she had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3 August last year demanding the sacking of Pachauri from the post of TERI Director General.

"I have been running from pillar to post. I didn't know what else to do. So I wrote to Prime Minister but I have not heard anything from his office on that yet," she said.

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