Woman who filed harassment case against RK Pachauri quits TERI

New Delhi(PTI): The 29-year-old complainant in the sexual harassment case against eminent climate scientist R K Pachauri on Wednesday resigned alleging she was being treated in the “worst possible manner” by TERI, a charge denied by the organisation as “completely false and baseless”.


The woman in her resignation letter said that TERI had “failed to uphold my interests as an employee” while it “protected (accused) RK Pachauri and provided him with full immunity”.

Speaking to dna, the complainant’s lawyer Prashant Mendiratta said that his client is “really disappointed” with the organisation, which has done nothing against accused RK Pachuri, while holding her salary and changing her role within the organisation. “Her salary has been withheld for months, and she was asked to move from the office located at the India Habitat Centre to the Gurgaon office, so that Pachauri could go to the office,” said Prashant. “My client had refused to go to office as long as Pachauri was in office because she had reported to him directly earlier.”

In the letter, addressed to Dinesh Verma, HR director at TERI, the complainant had alleged that the organisation did not take any action despite the internal complaints committee’s report that indicted Pachauri. “The (governing) council could not even suspend a man pending inquiry and took NO ACTION despite the indictment. You also created a hostile environment for me which has only escalated and showed no signs of subsiding whatsoever. It is becoming clear that the Governing Council works for the DG and under his instructions. There has been no changeover in the DG as well as stated on 23 July, 2015,” she wrote. It must be added that the head of the internal complaints committee Ranjana Saikia, too, quit the organisation months after the report was filed.

Prashant added that the resignation letter has come after months of waiting. “She was waiting for a possible communication from the organisation, and hoped that TERI will reinstate her to her original post at the IHC office.

But, in clear violation of the Vishakha guidelines, there has not been a single response from the organisation ever since the complaint was filed,” said Prashant. In addition to that, Ajay Mathur, who was appointed as the director general in July by the governing council, is yet to take up his role.

On the other hand, Pachauri, against whom an FIR was registered under sections 354 (assault on woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 (d) (molestation), and 506 (criminal intimidation), continue to serve as the director general of the organisation. His anticipatory bail, challenged in the court, is due for hearing in December. Pachauri’s removal was granted a stay ex parte, and that case is continuing at a tribunal in the Karkardooma court.

However, he added that his client will continue to fight the case. “We will pursue the case with vigour and will take the case to its logical end,” he said.