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RK Pachauri guilty of molestation, misusing his office, says police chargesheet

In the 500-page document, the Delhi Police has said there is 'enough evidence to prosecute' the 75-year-old TERI chief.

After a year-long investigation into the case, the Delhi Police has prepared a 500-page chargesheet against climate scientist RK Pachauri, reported the Economic Times. In the chargesheet, the police said that Pachauri was guilty of "outraging the modesty of a woman", sexually harassing, stalking and trying to intimidate her. The document concludes that he misused his office as director general of The Energy and Resources Institute and that there is "enough evidence to prosecute" him in the case that was registered after a woman researcher working under him at TERI complained against the 75-year-old.

The police has also noted that Pachauri made 34 calls to the woman from his mobile phone between February 2014 and March 2015 and exchanged more than 6,000 SMSes and WhatsApp messages with the complainant between September 2013 and February 2015. The accused alleged that his phone was hacked and a Forensic Science Laboratory report on it is awaited. The ET report said that the police may not wait for the lab report as they are not convinced by Pachauri's allegation. The report may be filed as a supplementary chargesheet later.

In her complaint, the woman, who joined Pachauri's office in 2013, had said, "He assaulted and violated my modesty and body, on multiple occasions, through unwanted acts of grabbing, hugging, groping, touching and forcefully kissing me within and outside the workplace, despite my fervent pleas and requests not to indulge in such behaviour with me, despite my clear and unambiguous refusals."

Pachauri went on leave last week after outrage over his promotion at the organisation grew, and another former TERI employee accused him of sexual harassment.

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